Wake County Schools

Wake school board member Hill to seek re-election

Posted June 1, 2011
Updated July 6, 2011

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— Wake County school board member Kevin Hill officially announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election for the District 3 seat this fall.

“I believe now, more than ever, that our Wake County Board of Education needs strong, progressive and experienced leadership to help take our school system and our students to new levels of achievement,” Hill said in a news release.

Elected to the board in October 2007, Hill is an adjunct instructor of education at North Carolina State University and a former teacher and principal in the Wake County school system. He served as the school board's vice-chairman in 2008-09 and chairman from June 2009 to December 2009.

Five of the board's nine seats are up for grabs this year, including Hill's and three other Democratic board members who have voted as a bloc over the past two years, challenging the board's Republican majority over a number of issues, including a controversial change in the district's longstanding student assignment policy.

Hill said that, while the new policy is being finalized and implemented in the 2012-13 school year, he would see that it is implemented "with fidelity and a true commitment to achievement."

“It is important to develop a plan that respects parents’ wishes for their children, while also using our limited facilities and resources to their best potential.” Hill said. "The resulting plan must be transparent and free from politically motivated controls so that all families are treated fairly in the process.”

The terms of board Chairman Ron Margiotta and members Keith Sutton, Carolyn Morrison and Dr. Anne McLaurin also expire this fall. All but Morrison and McLaurin have indicated they plan to run again.

Sutton and Morrison face election for the first time after being appointed to fill seats left vacant in 2009.

The filing period for school board candidates begins July 25.

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  • Not_So_Dumb Jun 2, 2011

    So what you are saying is that we should just hide the low achievement and bask in the accolades. Nice.

    No, I don't think the current board is motivated to have them succeed, but neither was the previous one. At least now things will be out in the open rather than living in a world of make believe.

  • haggis basher Jun 2, 2011

    "Top system for whom? Not those that need eduction the most. Go on NC DPI's website and look at the trends. See how ED kids in WCPSS have been falling behind the (pathetically, tragically low) state average for the same demographic."

    Do you imagine that for one minute they will do any better crammed in ghetto schools like they did in Charlotte??? Do you really think this Tea party school board would really spend what needs to be spent on inner city schools to get them to succeed?
    If you do, you are very naive. The suburban majority will say "why are you spending so much more on that school than on little johnnies leafy school" and the board will act where their voter base is.......Separate is never equal.

  • haggis basher Jun 2, 2011

    "This guy is a classic example of who should not be on the school board. He is too buried in the trash heap of the system from whence he came. The traditional public school system needs to be replaced. we should no longer be building and paying to operating schools. The State should provide vouchers and help people get out of a dying public system."

    Oh no the sky is falling!! oh wait, its not. WCPSS was doing OK until you tea party buddies started messing things up. Private schools have no better record when they are not allowed to pick and choose students and vouchers are just a backdoor to increasing religious schools.

  • chevybelair57sd Jun 2, 2011

    I hope his constituants realize the result of lip service versus real accomplishments here, feeling good about tax money spent on non results isn't practical anymore.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jun 1, 2011

    whatelseisnew, you are correct, but only in theory. The fact is that education remains the best way out of poverty. Those in poverty need education more than others. Furthermore, children of poverty start school at a lower level.

    Again, you are right in theory, but that isn't how it works unfortunately. Me, I'd rather spend an extra $1,000 on education per child of poverty for 18 years than whatever the cost is over the rest of their life for social services, higher likelihood of crime, etc. That doesn't just apply to children of poverty, but the data shows it applies to them to a greater extent. Smart money plays the percentages.

    I am pragmatist. Ounce of prevention over a pound of cure. Education is the best prevention we know of. If you want to close your eyes to the facts and instead of paying a little now, opt to pay a lot later, you and I will never agree.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 1, 2011

    "Top system for whom? Not those that need eduction the most. Go on NC DPI's website and look at the trends. See how ED kids in WCPSS have been falling behind the (pathetically, tragically low) state average for the same demographic."

    Really, so according to you some people are more in need of education than others. So gee, let's save some money. Identify just those that especially "NEED" education and tell the others to get education from somewhere else on their own money. Here is the deal. We should not even be measuring "GAPS". The opportunity is provided, either you make good use of it or you do not. What we need to make sure of is that we are providing the BEST possible Opportunity and put away the race cards and the other excuses that constantly surface.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 1, 2011

    This guy is a classic example of who should not be on the school board. He is too buried in the trash heap of the system from whence he came. The traditional public school system needs to be replaced. we should no longer be building and paying to operating schools. The State should provide vouchers and help people get out of a dying public system.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jun 1, 2011

    "Yep they are wrecking a top schools system"

    Top system for whom? Not those that need eduction the most. Go on NC DPI's website and look at the trends. See how ED kids in WCPSS have been falling behind the (pathetically, tragically low) state average for the same demographic.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jun 1, 2011

    Over the past ten years, WCPSS achievement gap has widened. Ten years ago, our at risk population scored higher than the same population statewide on the ABCs. Now, that population is below the state average, yet the low-risk population has not seen a similar decline.

    When the system kicks out at-risk kids from schools that get more money (magnet) and against the conclusions of its own research seeks to disperse LEP children in different schools rather than keep them located where the resources needed can be developed, this is an inevitable outcome.

    The previous policy was nothing more than a triumph for big corporate money. They got accolades, good publicity, to say "there are no bad schools in Wake", and claim low taxes. Who cares that the people in need are getting left behind, right?

    Think about it. The left got hoodwinked.

  • haggis basher Jun 1, 2011

    "Just what is incorporated in the new plan that addresses achievment?"

    [sarcasm font on] well I'm sure all the ghetto sink schools will see great changes in achievement as will the fancy schools in the suburbs once they don't have to get Poor all over them....[sarcasm font off]"All I have seen or heard is just moving a student closer to their home."

    Yep they are wrecking a top schools system so mummsy only has to drive 5 miles rather than 10 to take little johnny to school in her Escalade, and little johnny won't have to find out there are poor people in the world until he's much older..........

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