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Wake school board interviewing nine candidates

Posted August 5, 2009

— Wake County public school board members are interviewing nine candidates who want to replace Rosa Gill on the board.

Interviews were scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the board will vote Thursday.

Gill, the representative of District 4 on Raleigh's east side, had been the chairwoman of the board until she resigned to 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.

The candidates are:

  • Lynette Aytch, director of North Carolina Partnership for Children
  • Doris Burke, a retired teacher
  • Johnnie Darden Sr., a minister and businessman
  • Alice Garrett, former principal at Carroll Middle School
  • Samuel Greene, former principal at West Millbrook Middle School
  • Lillian Lee, former administrator at Rolesville Elementary School
  • Venita Peyton, broker in charge at Daymark Realty/Coastal Federal Credit Union
  • Jonica Rowland, an insurance agent selling life and health policies
  • Keith Sutton, manager of the legislative affairs program at the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The school board is also looking to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Beverley Clark. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 27.


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  • colliedave Aug 5, 2009

    I do not understand why the parents of the free-and-reduced lunch children are not upset about the added dificulty of reaching a school across town from their homes. I would imagine that many lack transportation and would partipate if they could simply go to a home in their neighborhood. But these individuals have been lied to enough they really believe the dems have their best interests at heart.

  • PeaceOut2017 Aug 5, 2009

    They'll pick the one that wants to raise taxes the most, bus the most students in the name of "diversity"

  • somey Aug 5, 2009

    How about hiring someone with the kids best interest at heart, and not hire them because they are black or gay. NC does not care about these kids, that is clear. Look at the school boards and what they have done. Go look at Holly Springs High school with the purple colors to match their gay ex-princple (died of aids a few months ago) and their gay vice principle. The look back a few years ago when Ruben McNeil was supposed to be the principle at Lufkin Road Middle school. He never made it there because he was buying crack for his boyfriend/prostitute in Raleigh and got shot. Now Apex has a baseball field at Apex Park to commemorate him. Unbelievable!

  • timothycapwell Aug 5, 2009


    Not voters like me! I didn't vote for this crop of failures, but I understand your point.

  • hpr641 Aug 5, 2009

    I'm sure our fine county boe members will evaluate the candidates "by the content of their character" and not "by the color of their skin" or their party affiliation ... right?

    Quick note about politics and race: Martin Luther King, Jr. was NOT a Democrat. His phones were tapped via FBI wiretap - authorized under a Democratic President (JFK). His chief political rivals were southern Democrats (who filibustered the '64 Civil Rights Act for 54 days ... those Dem. Senators included still-serving, and current 4th in line for the Presidency, Robert Byrd (D-WV)). If not for those "evil, hateful, racist, and bigoted" Republicans, the '64 CRA would've never even been heard of.

  • time4real Aug 5, 2009

    "I emailed every school board member on an issue last week. Not One of them has even replied to me."
    Are you surprised? They don't care about you and never will!
    "Why aren't Wake County voters deciding?" Because voters like you have voted for goofs like those currently on the school board for years and voters like you have voted for these same kind of lousy people for years and created one of the most criminal school systems on the globe! Blame yourself!
    As for "breaking up the school system" you have a better chance of winning the education lottery when you DON'T play it than you do with that happening! What you people better worry about with Bev's new budget is this school board getting taxing authority and coming after another 6-9% of your money after ALL the other taxes and fees your about to pay. Think it can't happen, think again!

  • The Oracle Aug 5, 2009

    I emailed every school board member on an issue last week.
    Not One of them has even replied to me. Anyone would be an improvement.

  • Clownsruletheworld Aug 5, 2009

    I am sure that they will take their time to find a person who will fit their needs. You know, taking the children of parents who have worked hard to live in nice areas with good schools and send them to far-flung and crime-ridden places to make a quota. My contempt for leftist social engineer do-gooders precludes me from writing more.

  • Tax Man Aug 5, 2009

    They need someone who is a real representative of the community - parents specifically. It should be the voters doing this, not the already over liberal BOE! And it should be ALL the voters, not just in the 4th District. All BOE members should be elected At Large by all of the Voters! Sure hope it is someone more like Ron up there - he needs a friend on the BOE as he is the only sane one at this time. Glad to see Ms. Gill gone - just a shame she is still in NC government! She needs to retire and to take care of her great grandbabies.

  • timothycapwell Aug 5, 2009

    Why aren't Wake County voters deciding?