Members of the Wake County school board's Democratic majority and the Great Schools in Wake Coalition are offering their perspectives on the search for a new superintendent to the liberal N.C. Policy Watch.
In an article published Thursday, author Lucy Hood says GSIW members want the next superintendent to be a career educator, someone with experience in the classroom. This would come after GSIW had opposed the hiring of former Superintendent Tony Tata, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general.
“No more professional hires from the military, or business,” says GSIW program coordinator Patty Williams in the article. “I’m a business person. I do not believe business people should be running a school district. …. The superintendent needs to be professionally trained and a highly experienced educator.”
School board member Christine Kushner says in the article that while she would like the new superintendent to have a background in education, she intends to look at each candidate with an open mind.
“I don’t want to rule anyone out,” Kushner said. “We (as a board) have one employee. It is our main responsibility to the community, when you think about it, to hire that person. We want to make sure it’s a good fit.”
The article also speculates that the board will "keep the cost of finding a new superintendent to a minimum, which means the North Carolina School Boards Association could be tapped to conduct the (superintendent) search."
In terms of candidates, school board chairman Kevin Hill says in the article that "should he (temporary Superintendent Stephen Gainey) have an interest, I would give it strong consideration, but it would be in relationship to all the applicants.”
Gainey hasn't said if he'd apply for the permanent position.
School board member Jim Martin says in the article they don't want the next superintendent to be a yes man or to have an agenda.
“I’m not looking for someone who is going to be a yes man or a yes woman," Martin said. "Blind agreement is as destructive as automatic contrast…. I want someone who thinks critically and discerningly.”