Wake County Schools

Kushner elected chair of Wake school board

Posted December 3, 2013

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— Wake County Board of Education members voted 7-2 Tuesday to name Christine Kusher the new chairwoman over current chairman Keith Sutton.

"I'm humbled to have the confidence and support of my colleagues," Kushner said after the vote.

The board also welcomed four newly elected members – Tom Benton, Monika Johnson-Hostler, Zora Felton and Bill Fletcher – who were all sworn in Tuesday night.

Benton, a retired principal, was appointed to fill a vacant board seat in February and was elected to a new term in the Oct. 8 election. He represents District 1, which covers eastern Wake County.

"I believe so strongly in the role of public schools," Benton said Tuesday. "We want to make sure that everybody has the same opportunities that all of us have had."

Fletcher was appointed in March to fill a board vacancy and previously had served three terms on the board from 1993 to 2005. He represents District 9, which covers western Wake County.

"My phone is available. My email is available. I want to hear what you have to say," he said.

Felton, a retired Wake County Public School System teacher, represents District 7, which covers west Raleigh and Morrisville. She spent 25 years in the classroom and comes from a family of teacher, according to the school system.

"I admire our young people. They have great growth. They have great potential. We just need to put our faith in them," she said. "We have a wealth of knowledge in this county and opportunities for young people."

Johnson-Hostler represents District 2, which covers southeastern Wake County. She has worked as an advocate for women and children for the past 16 years with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Her husband is a high school math teacher in Wake County.

"I couldn’t imagine in 1993 that a girl from Thomasville would be here," she said. "Without a shadow of a doubt, I’m doing this for all children."

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  • mjmcdonnellhome Dec 11, 2013

    It bothers me enormously that there are some who want to make Kushner's appointment a civil rights issue. Sutton is a holdover from the previous and most dysfunctional board. He served a necessary role well during the past year and should be thanked for doing so. Hopefully the current board with fresh leadership will spend time improving education despite the current legislature

  • sbr1963 Dec 6, 2013

    Hopefully this new board will behave professionally and act for the good of the students, not like a bunch of spoiled children as the last board did.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Dec 5, 2013

    "You have a better way to pay for the new schools we need due to explosive growth?"

    By those that cause the "explosive" growth. Until we can use logic to govern from this point in history forward, keep your pen handy to write those checks you true believer.

  • babbleon Dec 5, 2013

    >the ones that cost us all more in taxes by continuing to pass unnecessary bonds as only liberals can do. NoTimeForStupidity

    You have a better way to pay for the new schools we need due to explosive growth?

    Yes, year-round will reduce the need, but only by 20%. Many Wake Co schools are already above capacity with temporary buildings. It costs $$ to add permanent buildings, or add a story.

    How are you going to deal with the rest of the growth that has happened and will continue? Say no to bonds all you like, but I don't see you offering a better solution.

    backup for the YR statement: If ALL elementary / middle schools became YR, you'd have about 80% of the schools converting to a 25% more efficient usage (about 20% of Wake schools are already YR, from what I can see), .25 * .8 = .2 .

    There is no magic bullet.

  • Krimson Dec 5, 2013

    Superman: "The "new board" should start in the right direction by making every school in the system year-round."

    I don't necessarily disagree - IMO, year rounds are the way to go...

    But we'll have an uphill battle to fight: www.saveoursummers.com

  • Krimson Dec 5, 2013

    NTFS: "What you meant to say was a few select liberal leaner's buy into the B and S"

    No, I'm pretty sure he meant "educated people" support public schools... Which brings us to why you do not...

  • Krimson Dec 5, 2013

    ishami: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy"

    OK, Obi Wan Kenobi... Come back when you actually have something to add...

  • ishami Dec 5, 2013

    You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the Wake County board of education. Our families will be punished for voting them in soon enough.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Dec 4, 2013

    "The "new board" should start in the right direction by making every school in the system year-round."

    Not going to happen. If a magical laser combined all 9 of them into one human body there still would not be one spine between them.

    "Educated people generally support a strong public school system and recognize its value."

    What you meant to say was a few select liberal leaner's buy into the B and S each and every time and raise the taxes for us all. Instead of seeing the real problems those in charge continue to cover up.

    Carry on with your support, I hear another is coming in 2016.

  • superman Dec 4, 2013

    The "new board" should start in the right direction by making every school in the system year-round. Empty schools for 2 months and still building new schools is just not financially responsible. But then money must grow on trees somewhere for them cause ignorant people voted for the bond issue. Who would want to lease buildings for only 10 months every year?

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