Wake County’s James Merrill named NC Superintendent of the Year

Jim Merrill, superintendent of Wake County schools
Jim Merrill, superintendent of Wake County schools

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County Superintendent James Merrill was named North Carolina’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year.

The North Carolina Association of School Administrators named Merrill as winner Thursday.

“This is a well-deserved honor, and our school board is thrilled to see the work of Dr. Merrill and our community recognized,” said school board Chair Tom Benton. “Dr. Merrill has brought the kind of stability and focus to this district that our community demands and deserves.”

Merrill won the same award in 2005 when he was superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington School System. In 2013, he also won it while running Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

He left Virginia for Wake County in 2013.

Merrill worked in Wake County for 16 years before being named superintendent of Alamance-Burlington in 2000.

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