Wake County Schools superintendent announcement delayed; Interim superintendent named

Cathy Q. Moore (Courtesy: Wake County Public School System)
June 4, 2013 8:15:59 PM PDT
The Wake County School Board postponed the announcement of the district's new superintendent, but did appoint a new interim superintendent at Tuesday's meeting.

The board voted to appoint Cathy Moore as the district's interim superintendent, to serve from June 14 until the arrival of the district's next permanent superintendent.

Moore has served as Deputy Superintendent for School Performance since September 2011, and previously worked as area superintendent for the Central Region for three years.

"I am pleased to help serve our district through this transition," Moore said. "I look forward to continuing to support the academic needs of all Wake County students and their families."

Moore replaces Stephen Gainey, who has served as interim superintendent since September 2012. Gainey will leave WCPSS to take on a new role as the superintendent of Randolph County Schools on July 1.

The Wake County Board of Education was supposed to announce its new superintendent during a work session Tuesday.

Currently, there are three top candidates -- Dr. Dana Bedden of Irving, Texas, Ann Clark from Charlotte, and Dr. James Merrill from Virginia Beach.

School Board Chairman Keith Sutton told ABC11 that he is pleased with the way the process has been going so far, and that he does not feel that the board is ready to make a decision just yet.

Sutton said he does not want to be rushed, and went on to say he was happy with the way the decision process has been going.

Sutton would only say the board plans to make their final decision before their next meeting.

In all, 23 candidates applied for the position. The board chose four as semi-finalists and then narrowed the list to three.

An interim superintendent has been in place since former Superintendent Tony Tata's firing last fall.

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