Raucous school board meeting cost RPD $14K

Posted August 9, 2010

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— The Raleigh Police Department invested about $14,000 in manpower July 20 to restore and maintain order at a raucous meeting of the Wake County Board of Education, a police spokesman said Monday.

Nineteen people, including the head of North Carolina's NAACP chapter, were arrested inside and outside in the ongoing clash between the board's majority, which is moving toward a neighborhood-based system of student assignment, and those who are opposed to that change.

The Rev. William Barber, who was banned from the gathering after a trespassing arrest at a board meeting in June, was again taken into custody before the meeting began when he made it clear he intended to go inside.

Sixteen other people were arrested after screaming and unrest erupted during a public comment period of the meeting.

The protesters held hands, locked arms and chanted against resegregation, refusing to leave the podium. More than a dozen officers intervened and took the protesters into custody.

The costs, Police Chief Harry Dolan said in a statement, "represent costs associated with the RPD personnel who worked the event in an extra-duty capacity and do not include personnel engaged in various aspects of the event’s security as part of their regular duty."

Dolan added, "The July 20 additional costs will be funded through the department’s limited special events management budget. It is important to note that if significant additional public safety costs continue to be required for school board meetings, additional funding sources will need to be identified.”


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 10, 2010

    "Yeah...the one that had predominately one color or the other...

    The affluent suburbs in Wake County are pretty diverse. There are a lot well educated Indians and Asians with high paying jobs living in the suburbs of Wake County.

    Neighborhood schools will be diverse in Wake County.

  • ajeralddavis Aug 10, 2010

    this is not a race issue. I went to my neighborhood school and wasnt tripping. My problem now is when my kids want to go to their friends at school house I got to drive an hour round trip for this to happen. Why cant someone see the real deal here.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 10, 2010

    "You simply went to the school that was located near your home! Stop the drama and whining. AirBorne Daddy

    Yeah...the one that had predominately one color or the other...

    In Charlotte/Mecklinburg County test scores of poor kids (reduced and free lunch) went up after moving to neighborhood schools.

    In fact the reduced and free lunch kids had better test scores than in Charlotte/Mecklinburg than they did in Wake County.

    In CLT/Mecklinburg, the FFL kids make up over 50% of the school district verses 35% in Wake County.

    Looks like our new school board is moving in the right direction.

  • NCAries Aug 10, 2010

    You simply went to the school that was located near your home! Stop the drama and whining.
    AirBorne Daddy

    Yeah...the one that had predominately one color or the other...

  • NCAries Aug 10, 2010

    Oh for the good'ol days when it all could have been solved at the door with police batons and tear gas. No interruptions allowed.

    Speaks volumes. Wow...

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 10, 2010

    "People have the right to demonstrate peacefully to show their lack of support for a policy that will divide the children of WCPSS into schools that have and schools that have not. If the board is so concerned, they should find a solution that does not shut out diversity! - teacher56"

    The problem that we have in Wake County is that supporters of the previous failed school board is more concerned about diversity than educating our students.

    In Charlotte-Mecklinburg, they have over 50% free and reduced lunch students and neighborhood schools.

    In Wake, we have 35% free and reduced lunch schools and socio-economic diversity (race) based busing.

    The free and reduced lunch students scored better on tests in Charlotte-Mecklinburg than they did in Wake County last year.

    This shows that the new school board is taking us in the right direction.

  • kstor33 Aug 10, 2010're absolutely right!! Why should the tax payers be made to foot the bill?! HE WAS FORBIDDEN TO GO NEAR THE SCHOOL BOARD meetings and he went anyway. HE BROKE THE LAW!

  • midnightclay Aug 10, 2010

    North Carolina's NAACP and Barber's trouble makers should be made to pay the bill.

  • NoObamaCare Aug 9, 2010

    I live in a normal Raleigh subdivision. Everyone is saying this whole policy is only about diversity.... if you drove through most neighborhoods you would see plenty of diversity which would not have any affect on neighborhood schooling. When I was a child you did not have a choice where you went to school. You simply went to the school that was located near your home! Stop the drama and whining.

  • Not_So_Dumb Aug 9, 2010

    They have the right to protest peacefully, but that is not what they did. They disrupted a public meeting.