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Bills come in after tumultuous school board meeting

Posted July 22, 2010

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— The Wake County Public School System paid nearly $2,200 for private security and off-duty police officers to cover Tuesday's school board meeting, a spokesman for the district said Thursday.

Michael Evans, a public information officer for the school system, said private security cost $990 and off-duty officers cost $1,207.50.

The school system won't have to pay for services provided by the Raleigh Police Department. Evans said he's expecting to receive cost estimates on what it would have cost, if the school system did have to pay.

Officers were on hand to maintain crowds protesting the school board's decision to change the way it handles student assignment. Nineteen people were arrested.

Also on Thursday, school board Chairman Ron Margiotta, in a letter, publicly thanked police for their help.

"The officers of the Raleigh Police Department have again demonstrated their professionalism and commitment to their community, and the Wake County Board of Education is grateful for their efforts," Margiotta wrote.

The letter comes a day after school board member Keith Sutton said he thought the number of officers at the meeting only served to incite protest rather than to calm the crowds.

Sutton also said the police department should apologize to him after officers nearly arrested him in a scuffle between police and protesters. School system staff had to intervene before officers let him go.

From July to November of last year, the school system spent $451.58 on security at board meetings.

From December until April, it spent nearly $15,000 on security because of increased public interest, emotional crowds, heated debate and high public turnout at meetings.

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  • lost in translation Jul 27, 2010

    The bill should be sent directly to the NAACP national headquarters. Barber should be removed for making a mockery out of an organization that has prided itself on peaceful demonstartions. Peaceful is the operative word. It is not peaceful when one must physically remove someone from a meeting. Barber should be ashamed and stop his childish foolish antics that lack the spine of equitable debate in a civilized society. WRAL should not give him the time to spew his hatred and he will fizzle away.

  • gajo Jul 27, 2010

    I am so proud of the School board standing there ground...Yes Mr Barber you pay for the mess you caused....and stay ay home next time ...Use this so called energy you got to do the Wake county Schools some good instead of causing a riot or demonstration...

  • Scarecrow Cow Jul 26, 2010

    If the NAACP really cared about the students, they would let WCPSS use that money to improve education, not force them to waste it to contain their disruptions and fight their lawsuits.

  • nraleighmom Jul 23, 2010

    If only the people protesting put the same amount of time and passion into actually spending time with thier kids....helping with homework, reading to them, and teaching them personal responsibility.

  • afteradeal Jul 23, 2010

    The joke of the day award goes to teacher56:

    "The 5 members of the majority should pay for this out of their own pockets. After all, they are the cause of all the turmoil!"

  • fourcarolina Jul 23, 2010

    THANK YOU Wake Co. school board!!! I helped vote you in! Thank you for taking the heat and standing up for us!

  • Plenty Coups Jul 23, 2010

    "I would have the right rev B. pay the bill his was the individual in charge and directed everyone, also has any heard if he was jailed for this?"

    He was. His jail time should increase with each further offense. (and they should start adding fines to pay for this security. After all, he's the one breaking the law.)

  • shortcake53 Jul 23, 2010

    Anyone have Rev. Barbers address? The state needs to know where to send the bill.

  • Sherlock Jul 23, 2010

    I would have the right rev B. pay the bill his was the individual in charge and directed everyone, also has any heard if he was jailed for this?

  • shoutntime Jul 23, 2010

    I agree, the ones arrested should foot the bill. Kudos to the school board members who are sticking to their campaign promise.

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