Wake County Schools

District 9 candidates support Wake schools construction bond

Posted September 9, 2013

— In the first of four Wake County Board of Education candidate forums, current board member Bill Fletcher and challenger Nancy Caggia said they support an $810 million bond to build and repair county schools. 

"The buildings we are going to build and the renovations we are going to make are absolutely needed," Fletcher said.

"I support the bond. I think our students and teachers need space in an adequate building," Caggia said. 

Fletcher and Caggia, both registered Republicans, are vying for the District 9 seat on the school board, which has been known in recent years for heated partisan elections. They say they're avoiding political drama in their campaigns and focusing on the issues facing the state's largest school district.

"I find people are fed up with the volume and the politics and the drama, and they want to focus on academic achievement for the kids," Caggia said.

She said she has the backing of some Democratic leaders as well as the Wake County Republican Party, despite some conservative groups, including the Wake County Taxpayers Association, coming out against the school construction bond.

Caggia and Fletcher Wake County school board candidates push for votes  

Fletcher, who was appointed to the board in March after Debra Goldman stepped down, said he has been an independent and reasonable voice on the board.

"I am the one candidate that hasn't been endorsed by either party," he said. "I am proud of that."

Fletcher has previously served three terms on the board, from 1993 to 2005, and was involved in the last major bond issue advanced by the school system.

Four seats are up for grabs on the school board, on which the Democrats currently hold a majority. The election is Oct. 8.

WRAL.com will live stream the remaining three candidate forums:

  • District 2, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • District 7, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
  • District 1, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

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  • pk107nc Sep 18, 2013

    I disagree with the previous two comments. Mr. Fletcher was part of Wake County Board of Education (BOE) from 1993 to 2005. He was part of the BOE that believed in reassignment after reassignment after reassignment. He has been on the board since March 19th of this year and has not distinguished himself as an advocate of District 9 (Cary). I support Nancy Caggia as not only the best representative for school children of District 9, but for all school children of Wake County.

  • Krimson Sep 10, 2013

    Agreed with WestWake. Fletcher is a good candidate...

  • westernwake1 Sep 10, 2013

    Fletcher has a long history of being a reasonable and independent voice on the school board. He was the primary board member who drove several previous bond issues.