Cathy Moore has been named the new superintendent of the Wake County Public School System.
The Wake County Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday for Moore.
Her contract runs through June 30, 2021 where she will be paid $274,000 a year.
Moore has served as Wake County School’s deputy superintendent for academic advancement since Sept. 2011.
“I was excited about pursuing that opportunity and feeling like the district was in a place where my skill set, my history, my background would help continue to propel us in the direction we were already going,” she said.
She was the principal of Sanderson High School in Raleigh from 2000 to 2008. Before that, she worked as an assistant principal at Apex and Enloe high schools.
Moore replaces Jim Merrill, who retired in February.
“I think there will be a lot of changes,” she said. “But, I do think there will be some challenges we already know are on the forefront: the budgetary challenges, the growth challenges.
““I think what we need to look at is how we communicate and involve the community as we’re building new schools.”
Before Merrill, Tony Tata briefly served as superintendent, but his term quickly became politicized and he was voted out of office.
Wake Schools said Moore is both the first woman and first Hispanic person chosen to serve as superintendent.
Moore earned her bachelor’s degree in French and literature from North Carolina State University before graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her masters in school administration.
She is currently working on a doctoral degree from East Carolina University.
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