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Wake County school board adds hiring of superintendent to Tuesday's meeting agenda

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It's official now that the Wake County school board will vote Tuesday on hiring the new superintendent.

The newly released agenda for Tuesday's meeting includes votes on appointing a new superintendent and approving the person's contract. The agenda doesn't list which of the three finalists will get the job.

There's also an agenda item to appoint an interim superintendent to start June 14 to serve until the permanent superintendent arrives. They need someone new because interim Superintendent Stephen Gainey will be transitioning to his new job leading Randolph County Schools on July 1.

Other items Tuesday including requesting an $810 million school bond issue, discussing on offer of purchase for the former Forest Ridge High School site and dropping Highcroft Drive Elementary as an overflow choice for the capped Mills Park Elementary School.

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Thank you WCPSS!

Thank you for capping Highcroft! It's horrible when they continue to pack kids into a school when it's already full. It's not fair to the students that are already there. There is only so much space at these schools, and when you overcrowd them, it becomes a nightmare for everyone.

I understand that folks want to go to the school that's closest and with their friends, but there are trade offs for moving to a rapidly growing community. Everyone can't have everything they want. What is important is that the kids get the best education. Overloaded teachers and facilities do not promote a good education!

Ahhh yes. There's that

Ahhh yes. There's that parent vs parent, neighborhood vs neighborhood mentality that seemed to dissipate with the implementation of the choice plan. Sutton, et al must be so proud to see it return.

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Agreed. It's sad to see the return of "got mine, too bad for you". Let the t-shirt wars begin.

I haven't yet picked up my

I haven't yet picked up my packet for the board meeting yet so I'm not sure if that action item can be interpreted as capping Highcroft as well. It looks, on the surface, that they're only removing Highcroft as an overflow choice for Mills Park. It doesn't appear that Highcroft would be capped.

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Mills Park is fully capped...and now Highcroft is being 'capped' as the overflow. Looks like going back to base assignments is really working well. What happened to keeping neighborhood "cohorts" together, Susan?

Just another of Sue's lies

No surprise.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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