Tata reflects on first year at helm of Wake Schools

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata

January 31, 2012 3:54:03 PM PST
On his one year anniversary of joining the Wake County Public School System, Tony Tata said he's here to stay.

During a visit Tuesday to Rolesville Elementary School, Tata said he's here as long as the board and the community will keep him.

On day one, Tata pledged to get out and about and either visit every single school in the county or attend one of their events. Rolesville marks the last one on the list.

In his first year, Tata said he's accomplished a lot -- getting the new student assignment plan in place, getting the school district back towards full accreditation, and not letting any teachers go in a tough budget year.

While the Republican-led school board that hired him has now lost its power to Democrats and some are looking to run for different offices, Tata said he doesn't worry that he'll lose his job.

"I feel like as long as I stay focused on students, student achievement, parents, my staff, the great principals and teachers here, the chips will fall where they may, but I'll be able to look at myself in the mirror every morning when I shave and know that I'm doing the right thing for the students and the parents," said Tata.

Tata's contract does not expire until the end of June 2014.

At his weekly briefing, Tata announced that each school will get at least $25,000 toward new technology. That money comes from the last bond that was passed.

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