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Wake school board names new chairman

Posted June 16, 2009

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— The Wake County Board of Education on Tuesday named its vice chairman to succeed outgoing Chairwoman Rosa Gill.

Kevin L. Hill, who represents District 3 in north Raleigh, served as a social studies teacher for 14 years and as an assistant principal and principal in the school system before retiring in 2005.

He now serves as a clinical instructor and assistant program coordinator for undergraduate secondary social studies education at North Carolina State University.

"I'm grateful for this privilege, and I look forward to serving as chair for the coming year," Hill said after being elected. "My commitment is to work closely with my fellow board members, always remembering that our responsibility is to help provide the best educational opportunities for all children in Wake County."

After nearly 10 years serving on the school board, Gill, who represents District 4 in east Raleigh, resigned from her post. She will serve out the remainder of Rep. Dan Blue's term in the state House of Representatives. Blue, D-Wake, moved to the state Senate after the April death of Sen. Vernon Malone, D-Wake.

"Serving on the Wake County Board of Education has been my pleasure," Gill said Tuesday. "While I am extremely honored to be able to serve our citizens as their representative in the North Carolina House, I have felt the same honor and pride serving as a representative of the Board of Education."

The board elected Horace Tart, who represents District 2 in southeast Wake County, vice chairman. Tart is a developer and former Marine who also taught in Wake County for five years.

The school board must still choose someone to take Gill's seat on the school board. Tuesday was her last meeting.

The board will place an ad in the local newspaper, accept applications until July 20 and interview candidates on Aug. 5. The board has yet to determine what the selection criteria will be. Candidates, however, must be from Gill's district.

The school board also discussed the district’s 2009-10 budget Tuesday.

The Wake County Public School System will receive $313.5 million, less than the $316 million the district requested, from the Wake County Board of Commissioners, who on Monday approved its $953.6 million budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

School officials have said tight funding could lead to fewer teachers and larger classes. Nearly 1,500 teachers who have contracts ending June 30 have been notified they will not automatically be rehired.

The board also approved a plan to cut 14 vacant positions and lay off eight employees. The cuts all have to do with construction-related jobs funded with bond money. Because the school system has stretched out the building schedule for new construction, the positions are unnecessary.

The school board also was expected to introduce a draft policy on a plan for teachers to meet once a week to discuss ways to improve student learning.

The so-called professional learning communities meetings mean schools will get out one hour earlier on Wednesdays, and that time would be made up by adding time to other school days.

There has been a bit of controversy surrounding this plan. Some opponents are concerned about the effect it will have on family schedules and after-school activities.

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  • LIVEITUP Jun 17, 2009

    I KNOW THE SCHOOL ISN'T A BABYSITTER FOR MY KIDS, BUT DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW DISRUPTIVE AN EARLY RELEASE DAY IS (FOR THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS)? THEY EAT LUNCH WAY TOO EARLY, THE AFTERNOON IS SHORT SO THEY FILL IN WITH MOVIES OR WHATEVER ELSE THEY CAN BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR SCHOOL WORK.
    THESE DAYS ARE A WASTE OF SCHOOL HOURS.
    LETS GET OUT AND VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT!

  • injameswetrust2003 Jun 17, 2009

    Kevin Hill is the new Chair? I guess he will have to start speaking now- he never says much in the meetings.

  • southern wisdom Jun 17, 2009

    outgoing Chairwoman Rosa Gill

    Social promotion at the highest levels.

  • time4real Jun 16, 2009

    and for those who think they have cleaned house in the admin office, again, clueless!

  • time4real Jun 16, 2009

    " was surprised there wasn't much public outcry and just assumed most parents are ok with the new schedule."

    What good does it do to publicly outcry??? They don't listen! You people keep voting for them, so there must be no problem when they change you from having summers together to having 3 weeks, there must be no problem when they tell you to pick up your kid early every week, there must be no problem when they tell you Ooops, your track just got changed w/o your input, I don't see any problem at all they way wake county voters have voted in the past!

    Most parents don't have any idea what's going on, whether it's going home early every week, being changed to year round, their school failing NCLB, their school report card showing they're going backwards not forwards, they simply don't have a clue! All they care about is the free baby sitting!

  • chfdcpt Jun 16, 2009

    whatusay, it is very easy to take care of the career politicians. Make sure that we do not vote for a single person in office. Vote all of them out.

    I keep track of my reps from city to federal level. If I don't think they have been doing their best for the citizens and the country, I vote agains them at election time. If more voters did that, we can get rid of the career politicos.

  • kmb0694 Jun 16, 2009

    Starletta,

    I thought Wake Co parents already knew about the new schedule. It's been on the WCPSS website and letters came home about it. I was surprised there wasn't much public outcry and just assumed most parents are ok with the new schedule.

  • OhBella Jun 16, 2009

    So school is a babysitter? The children are getting extra time at the beginning of the day to make up for the time on Wednesdays (not exactly equal, but close). When you state where the children will go? Not the teachers problem..they are NOT BABYSITTERS.

  • starletta Jun 16, 2009

    Here's a link for the 2009 - 2010 Bell schedule:

    http://www.wcpss.net/2009-10-bell-schedule.html

  • starletta Jun 16, 2009

    The school board also was expected to introduce a draft policy on a plan for teachers to meet once a week to discuss ways to improve student learning.

    FYI: This isn't a plan. This is going to happen. Students will be released 1 hour early EVERY Wednesday. Then, there are SIX of these Wednesday's that school will dismiss 2 1/2 hours early!

    To me this article just suggests that Early Release Wednesday's are being discussed. Just wanted to let all know that it is going to happen. Wonder when WCPSS is going to notify parents of this new schedule??

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