Would Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green be a good choice for Wake County's next schools chief?
In a blog post Wednesday in the Greensboro News & Record, editorial writer Doug Clark writes that Green says he has not "officially" been contacted about the Wake County job. That would make sense as Wake is holding off until after next week's election results, where three board members are running for state office, before beginning the superintendent's search.
"I would be surprised if there weren't at least unofficial feelers from Wake County," Clark writes. "Green would be high on any larger system's wish list. He's provided steady leadership here since his arrival four years ago, earning consistent support from his board as well as community respect.
The Wake County position would be a plum, except for one thing — its school board, which is highly partisan and more than a little troubled."
Last week, the Guilford County school board extended Green's contract to 2016, the maximum length permitted. That's generally a sign that the school board has a lot of faith in the superintendent.
The school board offered Green a 3-percent annual raise, but he turned down the extra money for the fifth straight year. The News & Record said that's effectively cost Green $40,000 in salary.
Board members also tried to get Green to accept a 1.2-percent raise, the same percentage employees received this year, but he declined.
While Green has gotten high marks in Guilford, the fact that he's not a career educator could hold him and other similar candidates back in Wake. Green was the school board counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools before being named that district's chief operations officer and later deputy superintendent.
Members of the school board majority had pointed to Superintendent Tony Tata's lack of K-12 experience when he was fired.