Wake commissioners still want say in building schools
Posted November 17, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Board of Commissioners will take up a new proposal Monday on who controls construction of Wake County public schools.
According to the board's agenda, Commissioner Tony Gurley is proposing a plan for the board and the Wake County Board of Education to share control over school construction and school maintenance.
Who should control those matters has been a bitter issue between the two boards.
Gurley maintains that commissioners would be more fiscally responsible in operating the assets and that the shift would allow the school board to concentrate on policy and curriculum.
A bill in the General Assembly to give county commissioners control of school construction failed in the summer.
School board Chairman Keith Sutton said Sunday that he was aware of the measure but didn't know about it prior to it appearing on the commissioner's agenda.
"We have not had a chance to discuss this as a board, and therefore (I'm) not in the position to give an appropriate response at this time," he said.
Sutton, however, has previously opposed giving county commissioners full control of managing schools, saying the school board has more experience.