Wake County could be shopping for both an interim and a permanent superintendent this week.
The New Hanover County school board will meet in closed session Wednesday morning to discuss who to hire as superintendent. Donna Hargens, Wake's interim superintendent and chief academic officer, is one of three finalists for the job.
Hargens will be in Wilmington today to meet with the school board and to attend a meet-and-greet with the public. The other two finalists had their meetings last week.
There's been speculation in Wilmington that Hargens may be the favorite to win the post to lead the 24,000 student school system.
Hargens' competitors are James "Rick" Holiday, a New Hanover assistant superintendent; and Tim Markley, superintendent of Catawba County schools.
New Hanover is taking an approach that might not be used in Wake for the superintendent search.
As already noted, all three finalists in New Hanover are meeting with the public before the board votes. The prior two meetings have each drawn around 50 community residents. The district's announcement has also led to news stories profiling the three finalists.
Wake's search committee has agreed that, like New Hanover, no finalists will be named until at least the finalists are determined. But Wake also may not release the names of anyone other than the person ultimately hired.