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School board fills two more senior leadership positions

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The Wake County school board filled two top-level jobs and a principal's vacancy tonight.

Christine Mulder was hired for the newly renamed position of chief of family and public engagement. The job was previously called chief of communications but is being revamped as part of Superintendent Tony Tata's shakeup of his leadership team.

Her predecessor, Michael Evans, resigned last month.

Mulder is director of marketing and communications for the Research Triangle Park Foundation. Her salary information was not immediately available.

Pamela Kinsey-Barker was named the Northern Wake Area Superintendent, replacing the retiring Ann Hooker. Barker has been principal of Brassfield Elementary School since 2006. Her salary wasn't immediately released.

James Douglas was named principal of Dillard Drive Elementary School in Raleigh with a salary of $95,826. He has been assistant principal at Stough Elementary since 2009.

Douglas will start Nov. 1. Charles Langley will remain as Dillard's interim principal. He's been running the school since  Sylvia Wilkins was named an assistant superintendent.

Additionally tonight, Ruth Steidinger was transferred from senior director of nigh school programs to senior director of middle school programs.

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Mulder's salary is $132,500. Baker's salary is $120,000.


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I never heard a peep about Evans quitting

Nonetheless, get Haydon out the door too and then we can call it progress.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.