Wake County Schools

Raleigh chamber calls for school board-commissioners truce

Posted March 20, 2013

— The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday called for a truce in the power battle between the Wake County school board and county commissioners.

The ongoing tension between commissioners, who control the money, and the school board, which runs the schools, “is a blemish on the community that we need to explain,” said Chamber Chairman Jim Captain.

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The Chamber came out against legislation that would give county commissioners more power over school construction and ownership. The group supports a shared responsibility with the school board, but believes both sides need to learn to get along first.

Wake commissioners have asked the General Assembly to transfer control of the school buildings and land to them from the school board. The commissioners maintain that they would be more fiscally responsible in operating the assets and that the shift would allow the school board to concentrate on policy and curriculum.

The move has sparked a feud between the two boards, which are trying to work together to get a major school construction bond on the October ballot and passed.

Chamber members said they are tired of talking about the boards’ combative nature when recruiting new businesses. Instead, they want to boast about school performance.

“We are not siding with anybody. We are looking for a long-term solution for a problem that has existed in the community for quite some time,” Captain said.

School board Chairman Keith Sutton called it a “very wise and courageous move on the part of chamber leadership," one that outlines the "best position to move forward."

County commissioners Chairman Joe Bryan said the sides are "way past" talking it out. "Once we get this legislation passed, then we can work on a true partnership,” he said.

Until then, the chamber worries the schools and the community will lose.

“The only winners in this should be the citizens of Wake County,” Captain said.



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  • davisgw Mar 21, 2013

    Where has the chamber been for the past six years or so while the board was demonstrating how to be unsuccessful and self destructive? This is a show of concern to late.

  • indrdw Mar 21, 2013

    No win for citizens. For citizens who are supposed to be 'free' we are having difficulty in our own personal pursuit of happiness. The fruits of our labor is not ours but in the control of local, state and federal bureaucracies the politians have created. This is just an example of how things get done. As far as the school situation, neither side know how to compromise. Reminds me of the factions in the middle east. We're headed there.

  • cbuckyoung Mar 21, 2013

    The problem is that the county commissioners want to see sensible leadership and the school board wants its radical agenda in place. The radicals are never satisfied until all grovel at their feet. One must never stop fighting against the tyranny of the left as they never stop trying to advance their radical agenda. We need more, not less, friction between this far left school board and the commissioners. You see how the radicals could not stand an orthodox school board that wanted to do something so controversial as neighborhood schools where students would ride buses all day and parents could actually get involved with their school because it was part of the community. No! We must bus to spend as much money as possible for a negative return all in the left's name of their idol-"diversity".

  • WralCensorsAreBias Mar 21, 2013

    Let me add this to all concerned about our schools, based on this info above,

    "Breaking News: If the Wake County Board of Education got the $2.2 billion bond that covers everything on their wish list passed, it would add 15 cents per $100 property value for county residents."

    Got news for you then schools, CHmaber, COmmissioners and anyone else involved, I speak for the average fed up tax paying citizen, 15 more cetns for every $100 of value means a 250 home, see if you can find one for less in Wake County, will see about $400 more a year in taxes.

    NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. The average tax payer is broke. Good luck finding another way to pay for it.

  • ICTrue Mar 21, 2013

    The Chamber of Commerce isn't "removing power from the hands of spoiled children", they don't have the authority to remove power from anyone. They are merely stating their opinion, like anyone else.

    Truth is, since the change of power, the school board has been reckless,out of control. The Board of Commissioners are trying to rein them in. The people of Wake County should be thankful and the Chamber of Commerce should be backing the Commissioners, they are the only responsible adults.

  • HomeBrewDude Mar 21, 2013

    It has become an embarrassment living in Wake County with all of these antics. The school board has is nothing more than some big political agenda pool. Tata was a great guy and the only one left putting kids first is Tedesco.

  • Wacky_dood Mar 21, 2013

    What exactly did the reporter say to Mr. Bryan before getting this quote they cobbled together?

    "County commissioners Chairman Joe Bryan said the sides are "way past" talking it out. "Once we get this legislation passed, then we can work on a true partnership,” he said."

    That spliced quote makes Mr. Bryan sound like a petulant child. But I have no idea what Mr. Bryan's quote is in response to. They cut the question he was asked from the video and didn't put it in the written article. What a terrible job of reporting.

  • btneast Mar 21, 2013

    "The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce should keep their opinions to themselves and concentrate on getting businesses to move here. timexliving"

    A "good" school system is critical in order to recruit businesses to this area. Schools are very high on most businesses check list when considering an area.

  • Wacky_dood Mar 21, 2013

    "The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce should keep their opinions to themselves and concentrate on getting businesses to move here. timexliving"

    Did you read the article?

    "Chamber members said they are tired of talking about the boards’ combative nature when recruiting new businesses. Instead, they want to boast about school performance."

    That quote says it all.

  • BigOski Mar 21, 2013

    The Raleigh Chamber is just trying for a power grab. They do not have a horse in this race.
    As far as the cookie cutter schools that were build in the last bond, no one has been able to tell me why the Elementary schools need 50 foot high main corridors or why Panther Creek needed a $100,000 architectural facade. I know why, b/c I helped build these. It was the acritects wanting their stamps on buildings that should just be brick and motar boxes for learning. How much are all these extras costing taxpayers...about 10% over the fair market price for a schoool.

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