Is Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata in danger of losing his job?
"It was brought to my attention this afternoon by reliable sources that Wake County School Board members, (Jim) Martin, (Susan) Evans, and (Christine) Kushner were making plans to to remove Superintendent Tony Tata from his position," Phil Matthews, vice chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, wrote Sept. 11 on his Facebook page.
This is very concerning to me as a County Commissioner because Mr Tata has done an outstanding job for our school system. If this is true the citizens of Wake County will be very upset not to mention the majority of the Wake Commissioners. I will watch this situation very carefully!!"
Matthews said today he hasn't heard anything more since then.
The school board has been continuing its closed-session annual review of Tata's performance. The next discussion will likely take place at a Monday afternoon closed session to discuss "personnel issues."
If the board got rid of Tata, they'd have to pay him one year's salary —$255,222. The alternative would be to fire him "with cause," a messy and potentially legally expensive process.
Another option could be what's typically the Wake County way, encourage Tata to resign.
Kushner said today that she doesn't discuss personnel matters. She said she's been trying to work with Tata on the various issues that the school system is facing.
School board member Chris Malone, who says he's not one of the sources mentioned by Matthews, said it would be a mistake to get rid of Tata. He declined comment on whether there is a plot to fire the superintendent.
"If it comes to pass, it will be very bad," Malone said. "We would look like a dysfunctional leaderless rabble as far as a school board is concerned."
The Hilburn Drive Academy PTA sent out this email this afternoon urging people to contact the school board to save Tata's job.
The email points to the positive changes that have been made at Hilburn since Tata became superintendent. On Sept. 11, Tata received an award from the school's PTA.