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Cary Mayor Keeps Low Profile in Reassignment Fight

Posted February 20, 2008

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— Local parents have pulled out just about every weapon in their battle against annual student reassignments by the Wake County school system.

They have rallied, packed school board meetings and built a coalition of support. One thing they haven't been able to do is pull out Cary's biggest hammer – Mayor Harold Weinbrecht – to put some force behind their cause.

Parent Karen Carter said repeated reassignments are destroying her son's neighborhood school. She said she's seen Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly, Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears and Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams speaking out against Wake County Board of Education policies and doesn't understand why Weinbrecht hasn't joined in the chorus.

"There's only so much as parents we can do," Carter said. "We've got to have that support. He has to be willing to be vocal."

Weinbrecht said he has been working with school board members individually.

"I'm all for change. I'm not for show," he said. "Standing up and protesting, while it may make (parents) feel good, it's not going to give them a solution or even help in the long run."

The mayor said he doesn't want to give families "false hope" by being vocal about reassignment. He was the only member of the Cary Town Council to vote against the idea of a roundtable discussion with school board members on the student shifts.

"We tried this in 2003 and didn't see much of any change," he said.

Local parents said having the Cary mayor out front on the issue would help their effort.

"I understand his concerns about giving us false hope, but at the same time, if he doesn't do anything, then we're going to get nothing out of it," Michelle Henderson said.

Town Council members haven't set a date for the meeting with school board members. They said they hope to share concerns and find solutions.


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  • Escaped ftom Wake Feb 21, 2008

    The Mayor needs to get in there for the sake of the children and parents in his city. I get a kick out of these people who think change is good, change is good, change is good. People shouldn't be against change. Our three girls where reassigned 4 times in 5 years. They had no stability. Teachers had to back track as different kids from different schools where at different levels. It was a cluster. To there credit Wake has some of the best teachers working under the worst handicap. After WCPSS came up with the multi track year round experiment we bailed. We moved from Wake county to a area with traditional schools, no busing all over, no reassignments, even though Phoenix is growing much faster than Cary/Apex and the girls grades are up, way up. They have the same friends after summer break. The teacher knows where they left off the year before. We are all much happier. Thanks WCPSS you taught us a lesson we will not forget.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Feb 21, 2008

    If as he said the citizen's are the CEO's of Cary...then why is he ignoring the demands of the citizens to address the business of Cary Government....typical, he gets voted out for supporting too much growth..then runs on slow growth and gets voted back in..then won't address growth?.....what?

  • lizard Feb 21, 2008

    Mayor doesn't want to change anything or take a stand. He will not vote for a separate district. He will only vote to soak the rich developers. That's his whole platform and why he was voted in. If you would ever talk to him you would see how out of touch with the issues he really is.

    Those parents that were educated under the old system have done pretty good for themselves, huh?

  • ContinuityMan Feb 21, 2008

    cartman, you said it. The school district is one of the most self-serving social engineer wannabees I've ever seen. I really feel for the students who are pawns in all this. Either break away or vote the bums out, except for Ron Margiotta. He's one of the few who's got his head on straight.

  • cartman Feb 21, 2008

    Cary needs to break away from the Wake County School District. The Cary mayor will support it, when enough of his residents make noise about it.

  • miketroll3572 Feb 21, 2008

    What we need to do is get every name of every board member and VOTE them out. My kids just got reassigned and it really ticks me off. I am gonna make my vote count and make sure that every person the comes in my business knows who NOT to vote for. Let see how they like it with no JOB.

  • iumat21 Feb 21, 2008

    I wonder if Lizard knows the Mayor personally. Maybe he is experienced enough to know how to achieve progress. Maybe he understands that no matter how much he protests, it is not a town decision.

    It is unfortunate to assume that because someone is standing up saying that they are against something...that they think the issues are going to change. People are against change.

    Has anyone noted the Anomaly that WCPSS are in the state of N.C.? We are one of the few systems showing growth and not failing students with NCLB legislation.

    But they are probably right...we should change this, and have things the way they were when these parents were students attending school, and the system was not doing so well. Yeah...that makes sense.

  • chfdcpt Feb 21, 2008

    So, if the school board is not listening to the concerns of the parents, what makes you think that they will listen to a newly elected mayor that has no sayso with the school board?

  • lizard Feb 21, 2008

    You haven't seen him because he doesn't want to take a stand with you. He doesn't mind the reassignment at the expense of you and your children. You've been hoodooed into thinking that this mayor is for you. He's for himself. You can tell it in his comments. He voted against meeting with them.