Wake County Schools

Wake school board expected to vote on redistricting

Posted May 16, 2011
Updated May 17, 2011

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— The Wake County Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday on plans to change the boundaries of its voting districts.

The school system redraws the district map every 10 years based upon population and growth data from the United States Census. A new map is due by June 24 so that candidates can begin the campaign for the Oct. 11 election.

The filing period for school board candidates begins July 25.

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The state NAACP, a vocal critic of the board's Republican majority and its move away from a longstanding assignment policy of busing students for diversity purposes, spoke out against the proposed redistricting Tuesday morning and asked that the board delay the vote until further community input could be given.

"We deplore this latest effort to consolidate resegregation, and we respectfully ask the superintendent to work with us and other organizations who want the best for our children-high quality, diverse, constitutional schools," NAACP chapter President Rev. William Barber said in a statement.

The school board has also been criticized by The League of Women Voters and Great Schools in Wake for what they perceive to be "a lack of openness" in the redistricting process. Both groups unveiled proposed redistricting maps last month, but the board did not consider them.

Last week, board members did hold a public hearing on the new district mapping, but less than a dozen people – many of whom were connected in some way to the League of Women Voters or Great Schools in Wake – spoke.

The school board hired the Shanahan Law Group in February to draw a new map in which districts would be approximately equal in population, minority representation would be increased, precincts would be kept intact and incumbents would be kept in the same district.

Also on the meeting agenda is a discussion on reducing the system's work force in light of state budget cuts for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Under the $1.25 billion budget approved this month, the school district plans to cut 46 central services clerical positions and reduce contract months for assistant principals, among other measures.

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  • wakemom May 17, 2011

    hope that the selfish, hateful, and demeaning comments posted here are not a true reflection of my community.
    themacs

    i havent read anything hateful YET!

  • mmtlash May 17, 2011

    "I hope that the selfish, hateful, and demeaning comments posted here are not a true reflection of my community."

    I've noticed the comments myself on various articles...I think alot of people just release their day to day frustrations on this blog...I can't imagine folks verbalizing their feelings about various subjects in the manner they "blog" in...although I must say the comments from folks about this article thus far are mild compared to some that I've read... Triangle residents are overall very nice, polite, and considerate in person, I swear :-)

  • AWakeMom May 17, 2011

    When election day comes and goes maybe the entire WCPSS board will be replaced and the school system can start anew. - rroadrunner99

    Won't that mean they spent their entire term spinning their wheels? By the time any of the changes take effect, they'll be gone....that doesn't make any sense to me....the changes will still happen, a new board will have to change it all back by "popular vote" - they don't do anything but spin their wheels and waste money trying to give an unsatisified population what they want.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 17, 2011

    "he said he would not run again?"

    He had a moment of clarity and realized there are still some out here in LaLa Land that think it's ok to continue failing our children as the previous school boards did and has decided he can stay around long enough to finish the job that the last election started.

    Finally.

  • themacs May 17, 2011

    I hope that the selfish, hateful, and demeaning comments posted here are not a true reflection of my community.

  • rroadrunner99 May 17, 2011

    When election day comes and goes maybe the entire WCPSS board will be replaced and the school system can start anew.That would be a shock to the entire county, maybe that's what is needed.

  • Remy May 17, 2011

    "Ron isn't going anywhere."

    What happened to his TV appearance several months back where he said he would not run again?

  • Remy May 17, 2011

    "We dont get dependent state income tax exemption cause we dont have children." superman

    I don't get any dependant child exceptions either and I have children. Many people in wake county are above the income level so you are not alone.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 17, 2011

    Ron isn't going anywhere. He fought for us from day one. He stood firm against the parent haters who sat on the last board and who have cost this county millions in wasted funds and cost our kids plenty as well. Get a grip on your left wing love and learn to deal with it.

  • superman May 17, 2011

    The board should listen to the people who dont have children. They are the victims in our welfare education system. About 80% of the state and the local tax money goes to support people who have nothing better to do than have a house full of children for the rest of us to educate. We dont get dependent state income tax exemption cause we dont have children. Most of the property taxes we pay goes to support the schools. If you have children you benefit from the taxes you pay but for others with no children we are the ones getting the shaft.

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