Wake County Schools

Wake principals criticize board in feedback to Tata

Posted February 28, 2011

— Wake County principals sounded off on the "strained" relationship between the school board and school system staff in an informal feedback session with new Superintendent Tony Tata last month.

Tata asked for anonymous suggestions from school leaders on what the school system is doing well and what improvements could be made.

According to feedback cards obtained by WRAL News, dozens of principals stressed a desire for the district to keep diversity in student assignments. Others cited increased paperwork for teachers and administrators, the future of magnet schools, budget anxiety and the frequent launching of new educational initiatives at various times throughout the school year as being top concerns for principals. 

But one single complaint was repeated over and over: school leaders worry that the board's political posturing and public bickering have gotten in the way of its educational mission.

"The tone for the current board majority is disrespectful to school staff members," one principal wrote. "Local examples are ignored, data are ignored and political agendas prevail at the expense of students. What was once a flagship system is now a national joke."

Another principal urged Tata to help bridge gaps between board members and school system staff.

"The relationships are very strained if not non-existent right now," the principal wrote. "The WCPSS staff perceive that the Board of Education...has zero interest in building positive relationships with central support staff and school administrators."


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  • Garnerwolf1 Mar 2, 2011

    Tedesco does not have any children. The majority of Wake Co voters did no such thing. (The majority of those that voted did and only a very small subset of all voters actually voted). At least attempt to get the facts straight.

  • common_sense_plz Mar 2, 2011

    The newest members of the school board were elected because they too have children being shipped here, there and everywhere far from home. They have heard the gripes from other parents who really dislike their children being shipped to schools 15-20 miles from home. The MAJORITY of Wake County voters voted for these people because they wanted their children closer to home. Will all these hildren be going to schools that are closest to thier home...NO, cause the schools are not large enough. I suggest allow the parents to choose what school you want your child to attend, and yes ask on the paper to mark the your race, and lets see the demographics based on race as to where parents choose for their children to go to school. I believe that you will all be suprised and so will Rev. Barbour.

  • geosol Mar 1, 2011

    Well of course the principals don't support the tea party's far right agenda of trying to destroy public schools! And most normal people don't buy into this far right agenda either. Glad to see so many people finally waking up to this important problem created by the right wing activists on the school board. They will never succeed as long as good people care about ALL of our kids and their future, not just the rich ones.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 1, 2011

    Wake County has over 15% of it's students attending private and charter schools. That should tell you a lot about a school system that over 15% of the kids avoid attending.

    15% is one of the highest percentages in the state.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 1, 2011

    The liberals who are employed by the school district are still whining because the conservatives got control of the school board.

    These liberals should have been fired by the superintendent.

    As long as these liberals are obstructing the conservative school board, nothing is going to change.

  • com_mon_sents Mar 1, 2011

    Here's another thing that I wish the media would look into. Instead of focusing on the principals that disagree with the boards direction...that topic has been beat to death in the media. I reviewed the copies of the note cards that the N&O has on their site. I don't have the actual numbers but I saw over and over where A LOT of principals stated that the county needs to look at all these programs, and initiatives and assessments that WCPSS is throwing onto the teachers. Many principals said that these need to be "stream lined" since its adding more of a burden on the table of the teachers seeming to have to do things over and over and over and they are not connected. I would like to know WHY..WHY doesn't the county not see this?!?! Why isn't there communication between the academic departments at central office so that they can see the LOAD that have put on the teachers. I wish WRAL would investigate that!!!!!

  • injameswetrust2003 Mar 1, 2011

    "The polls where school board positions were on the [ballot] were open to ALL elegible voters on election day, giving them the opportunity to vote." pickanotherId

    Are the dems still whining about the election, 2 years ago? Come on!

    Most of the Wake principals and admins are lifelong friends and have been drinking the Wake Way koolaid with the former board members who either quit (Rosa Gill) or were voted out. Their anonymous feedback can't be taken seriously.

  • Shamrock Mar 1, 2011

    "The polls where school board positions were on the ballet were open to ALL elegible voters on election day, giving them the opportunity to vote." pickanotherId

    Wrong! Only 4 districts were up for election.If you did not live in one of the four districts, you could not vote.

  • rand321 Mar 1, 2011

    Given the growth factors in Wake, populations in neighborhoods cna change dramatically form year to year. Without a long term strategy to deal with growth, the Board's desire for neighborhood schools of the grandparents Leave it to Beaver generation is of a bygone era and fond memories than of current reality.

    Furthermore, the same tea party voters who voted for this board do not want to higher taxes to fulfill the board's visions. This board's desires and ability to fund these dreams are so far removed from realty, its not even funny.

  • OGE Mar 1, 2011

    Wake County was not designed to have a neighborhood school in every neighborhood. Transportation costs, as opposed to school building costs is miniscule. If you want a school in every area of the county, be prepared to pay ALOT MORE in taxes or pass bonds all day long, lowering our rating.

    Yes, the last time I checked it was cheaper to buy a new fleet of buses than build an entire school. It's too bad many were duped by all the "neighborhood schools" hype.