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Wake school board votes on Gill replacement

Posted August 5, 2009

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— Wake County public school board members chose Keith Sutton on Wednesday to replace Rosa Gill on the board, according to member Patti Head.

Sutton, 39, is the legislative affairs program manager for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He is a past president and chief executive officer of the Triangle Urban League and also served on the Healthy Schools Task Force, the board of directors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Ribbon Committee on the Future of Wake County, and the Southeast Raleigh Assembly.

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 following other candidates were interviewed Wednesday before the board voted:

  • 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

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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  • censorbait Aug 6, 2009

    Anyone with half a brain would be an improvement over Gill.

  • Tolip Aug 6, 2009

    Urban League, former head of, as reported in the N&O. Not sure what to think.

  • time4real Aug 6, 2009

    "I am sure the replacement has the one qualification that really mattered in this case."
    you're right, DIVERSITY! After all, you can't force diversity if youz ain't diverse yo'self!

  • yellow_hat Aug 6, 2009

    I am sure the replacement has the one qualification that really mattered in this case.

  • time4real Aug 6, 2009

    they replaced a goof with another person not much brighter. anyone who thinks what wake county schools has done and is doing is acceptable is about as intelligent as Rosa, who NEVER seemed too intelligent to most of us. Actually she seemed very bitter and rather racial and MANY of us are glad she's toast! She'll be lost in the halls of where ever land until that term expires and then her career as a "meddler" is over!