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Wake schools posts residents' information online

Posted February 8, 2010
Updated February 9, 2010

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— The year-round school calendar is a controversial topic in Wake County as the school board tries to manage growth while giving parents more options for their children's education.

Now, public comments regarding the matter are causing a stir.

Some Wake residents upset with school system Some Wake residents upset with school system

The school system, last week, posted the names and contact information of more than 800 Wake County residents who answered a call from school leaders to give feedback on the issue.

The comments were part of a larger effort to gauge attitudes on year-round schools that includes a parent survey and several community meetings.

Beth Benjamin, who will enroll her 5-year-old daughter in kindergarten in the fall, was one of those who left feedback on the Wake County schools Web site.

"Any pedophile out there can go on the Web site – and see where I live and that I have a daughter who is a rising kindergartener – and come to my house or call me on the phone," she said.

Kathy Bundy, an elementary school teacher, said she was also surprised to find out her information was posted online.

"I feel vulnerable," she said. "That doesn't make me feel good. I protect that information."

Michael Evans, a Wake County schools spokesman, said the Web site did indicate that comments would be part of the public record.

"When we gave it to the board, we gave it to the board with the identifying information in there, so therefore, we thought it was necessary when we shared it with the public that we share the same format and not try to hide anything," Evans said.

The comments, as well as results from the parent survey – about 28 percent of parents responded – and five community meetings, which begin Tuesday, could affect decisions on school calendar assignments as early as the 2010-11 school year.

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  • Nancy Feb 9, 2010

    The decision to do what has happened was not made by the school board. Support staff does all this work, they are also the ones who sent out postcards to students homes and the social security number was placed on the card.

    Ya, they're not the most intelligent folks.

  • Vietnam Vet Feb 9, 2010

    What in the world are these people thinking at the school district? Why on earth would they post personal information of any kind and for any reason? What was the purpose? After all the problems with identity theft etc. what possible motivation would they have to post this information?

  • ambidextrous cat Feb 9, 2010

    Whoops sorry about that typo...*to the*

    Who is directly responsible for posting the information? Who could think that this was needed in any way shape or form? Someone is personally at fault for authorizing this decision.

  • wildcat Feb 9, 2010

    Perhaps it is best to think before replying the phone calls and emails.

    Absolutely you are right on this one.

  • wildcat Feb 9, 2010

    When you make information public everyone will know. So be careful what you put on the internet.

  • ambidextrous cat Feb 9, 2010

    Bundy's comments are ridiculous, pedophiles aren't trolling the internets waiting to show up at your house based on school info. Perhaps it is best to think before replying the phone calls and emails.

  • superman Feb 9, 2010

    If you dont want your business "out in the street" it be better to remain silent. Liz Edwards is just like you-- tell everything bare your soul and then want to remain private. If they didnt post names etc. someone could sit down and make up favorable comments and post them all day and just how accurate would the survey be? Dont post anything on line that you dont want people to read! Duh!

  • mpheels Feb 9, 2010

    The whole point of the comment form was to be analogous with the public comment time at meetings, in other words these comments were meant to be as public as the comments made while standing behind a podium and in front of TV cameras. One of the primary factors in the stagnation of our local and national political systems is the downfall of public discourse, which I believe is the result of our over-use of anonymity.

  • cary1969 Feb 9, 2010

    bulbous, you hit the nail on the head

  • bulbous Feb 9, 2010

    god forbid anyone make a comment and stand by it. we are so comfortable with our anonymous internet tags that the idea that you be asked to stand behind or up your beliefs is an issue.

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