Orange County School Board Names New Superintendent

The Orange County Schools Board of Education has selected a Wake County educator to serve as the district’s new superintendent.

Photo via Wake County Public Schools

Photo via Wake County Public Schools

Dr. Todd Wirt currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Academics in Wake County Schools. He has 16 years experience in public education, including teaching science and math to middle schoolers and serving as a middle school and high school principal.

The school board screened 40 applicants for the position. A statement to the press reads:

“The board was especially impressed with his focus on closing the achievement gap and implementing the school system’s strategic plan.”

Wirt implemented a 1-to-1 laptop initiative at Mooresville High School, similar to the initiative in place at middle and high schools in Orange County.

Wirt will step in to his new role in July, taking over from interim Superintendent Del Burns.

OC Schools Names Superintendent

ORANGE COUNTY – McDowell County Schools Superintendent Dr. Gerri Martin was announced Thursday night as Orange Schools’ next superintendent.

Martin has served McDowell County in Marion since July 2012. She’s been working in education for 27 years, including four years as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction prior to her role in McDowell.

The Orange County Schools Board of Education reviewed 30 applications which came from 11 states. In a press release on Thursday, the board said Martin’s experience, credentials, strong communication skills, tenacious work ethic, and dedication to student learning makes her the best fit.

Martin got her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Politics from Wake Forest University. A few years later, she went on to Appalachian State University where she obtained her master’s of arts in Educational Leadership. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received her Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations.

“I am so humbled to receive the opportunity for this responsibility,” Martin said. “I come with great enthusiasm to serve the students, staff, and community of Orange County.”

Martin will take the position at a date to be determined in October.