There's a chance that former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee might become Wake County's next schools superintendent.
George Conway, the team leader from Heidrick & Struggles, said today they've talked to more than 100 people so far and are reaching out to more people daily. One of the people they've contacted is Rhee.
Conway said Rhee isn't an applicant. But he said she hasn't turned down applying either.
Rhee has previously said that she wouldn't want to work in a school district controlled by an elected school board. But considering how working for an elected mayor didn't guarantee stability, who knows?
During tonight's superintendent search committee meeting, Conway said 26 people have emerged so far, mostly from the East Coast and mid-Atlantic states, as people ready to be interviewed. That group of 26 includes four internal candidates.
Conway had planned to present the names of four people for review tonight but the committee held off, saying it needed to finalize how they'd conduct the search.
“The four I’m talking about this evening are superbly qualified,” Conway said. “They’re not on the margins of anything. At least three of the four you’d feel fortunate to bring to this wonderful county. We’re excited by the caliber of candidates and we could find more.”
Conway said another 12 people are considering whether to apply.
The committee agreed to have Heidrick & Struggles vet the applicants and pick five to 10 for them to review. The committee will then present three to five people for the full board to consider.
The committee also agreed to keep the names of all applicants confidential. The only name they'll reveal is the person who is hired.
The full board will vote on the process Tuesday.