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Wake school board vows to work together after contentious election

Posted November 4, 2009

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— John Tedesco's election to the District 2 seat on the Wake County Board of Education means the majority of the board favors neighborhood schools.

School board member Keith Sutton said members will need to take time to become familiar with the school district before they make big changes.

Sutton was appointed to the school board in August. He supports Wake's current diversity policy, which assigns local students based on socioeconomic factors, but said he's willing to work with the other side.

“It will be a challenge for some of the things to get through. We'll see. We're not a perfect system. The folks that are remaining on the board, I think we're all open,” Sutton said.

Board-elect member Debra Goldman is part of the new majority. She said it will take more than a year to study the district and come up with a plan to re-create neighborhood schools.

“It’s going to take a process of really evaluating what needs to happen, evaluating how we got to where we are right now before we can move forward with it, and really getting the lay of the land,” Goldman said.

Chairman Kevin Hill is tasked with bringing the two sides together.

“I applaud anyone who runs for public office, so I know their hearts are in the right direction and that's what counts, so I think that will make the task a lot easier,” Hill said.

Sutton announced a "Listening and Learning Tour" in his district, which covers southeast and parts of central Raleigh. He said he hopes the visits with constituents will help him serve their needs better.

Wednesday night, he planned to attend a meeting at Hunter Elementary School at 7 p.m. Other dates on the tour are:

  • Saturday at St. Matthew AME Church, 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, Martin Street Baptist Church, 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 18, Longview School, noon

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  • larieke Nov 5, 2009

    RALEIGH -- The Wake County school board voted Tuesday to pay $2.54 million for land on which to build an elementary school in northwest Raleigh.--N&O

    The deal still must be voted on by county commissioners. Funding to build the school would come from a future school construction bond issue.--N&O

    "Bond Issue" translates to MORE NEW TAXES. I guess they're trying to sneak this through before Dec 1st.

  • speedy Nov 5, 2009

    So now, all of a sudden, the other 4 can play nice? Me thinks they are seeing the target on their forehead.

  • Sir Truth Nov 5, 2009

    It is so good to see sanity now emerge with Wake County Schools. It is almost like the children have left and the parents have arrived! The parents and students are the customers in this system - although it was hard to tell for the last decade or so. WCPSS should now listen to its customers. And we should not be held hostage by the agendas of the few (the loud whiners that the media has covered); the people have spoken and now it is time to move forward.

  • injameswetrust2003 Nov 5, 2009

    "2010-11 is unrealistic" probably right, but one can hope.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 5, 2009

    "If they move hastily, the system will surely be in for chaos."

    the system already is in chaos.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 5, 2009

    What contentious election? People are sick of the nonsense and are looking to get something better.

  • WHEEL Nov 5, 2009

    "If they move too quickly the system will surely be in for chaos" And how do you describe whats been going on for the last 10 years with bussing kids all over creation, splitting up siblings in a family, mandatory year round, arrogant disregard for even the simplist request. The shoes on the other foot, kick booty.

  • grenlyn1 Nov 5, 2009

    I for one am happy to see this revelation. Now bring on those changes!

  • time4real Nov 4, 2009

    not only will you see neighborhood schools next year, but you may see the end of mandatory year round before that and defintely by then. Don't kid yourself, it's coming folks!
    And it's about time!

  • Next_Generation_Educator Nov 4, 2009


    2010-11 is unrealistic. There are numerous factors surrounding a change of that magnitude - policy, transfers, overcrowding, attendance zones. It's not a simple as it sounds. As I stated before, there's a difference between campaigning and governing. At least the new members are attempting to set a realistic time table. If they move hastily, the system will surely be in for chaos.