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Wake school board seats to shift again

Posted June 12, 2013

Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, has proposed new Wake County school districts.

— For the second time since 2011, partisan politics will alter the voting districts for Wake County Board of Education seats.

The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a Republican-penned measure that consolidates the current nine districts on the school board into seven. The two remaining seats will be transformed into regional districts, with one representing Raleigh and the other representing the outer ring of the county.

Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, made a last-ditch plea to scuttle the bill, calling it "nothing more than a partisan effort to rejigger districts to favor Republicans."

Stein noted that the school board, which was controlled by Republicans in 2011, hired an outside consultant to redraw board districts. Yet, Democrats swept the five seats up for election that fall to seize control of the board.

The Senate voted 33-15 to agree with the slight changes approved Monday by the House.

"This bill was neither requested by citizens nor the Wake County school board," said Yevonne Brannon, chairwoman of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition. "Even the Wake County commissioners and Wake legislative delegation were split and could not agree on this rough-handed attack on our local rights."

Brannon said the new districts "add confusion and misalignment" that won't help board members understand the needs of the community.

The changes take effect in 2016, as the legislation shifts school board elections from municipal elections in odd-numbered years to the November general election of even-numbered years.

School board members elected in 2011 will now serve an extra year till 2016, while anyone elected this fall will serve only three years.

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  • krimson Jun 16, 10:49 p.m.

    "Here is the harsh reality. The schools are going to be built no matter what. Bonds are lowest cost mechanism for funding large capital construction project.

    Passing the bond will cause your property taxes to go up by $125 on average. Not passing the bond will cause your property taxes to go up $300 - and the schools will still be built.

    Your choice."

    High five!

  • Radioactive Ted Jun 14, 12:31 p.m.

    " I would have preferred to see EVERY seat on the school board require a county-wide vote." Would you also like to see that for, say, the General Assembly? Congress? Advocates of this are missing a basic understanding of *representative* democracy.

  • westernwake1 Jun 13, 7:00 p.m.

    "I would like to see the end of property tax"

    'Hardly. If your neighbors elect to pass the next school bond your property taxes will take a big jump.

    Me and my neighbors will not elect to pass it. No way.' - NoTimeForStupidity

    Here is the harsh reality. The schools are going to be built no matter what. Bonds are lowest cost mechanism for funding large capital construction project.

    Passing the bond will cause your property taxes to go up by $125 on average. Not passing the bond will cause your property taxes to go up $300 - and the schools will still be built.

    Your choice.

  • NoMoreOfThat Jun 13, 3:54 p.m.

    "I would like to see the end of property tax"

    Hardly. If your neighbors elect to pass the next school bond your property taxes will take a big jump.

    Me and my neighbors will not elect to pass it. No way.

  • krimson Jun 13, 3:19 p.m.

    "Only problem, which this bill alleviates a little, is that I don't get to vote for most of the people on the board because of districts.....but the board has a tremendous impact on anyone with school age children."

    Welcome to The Republic. Just as we don't vote in the Virginia Senate races, nor the South Carolina House races, we are still subject to the Representatives those States send to Washington.

  • btneast Jun 13, 2:52 p.m.

    Best thing that could happen to that mess is get rid of them all and start over. makeitright"

    We have that opportunity, come election time. Only problem, which this bill alleviates a little, is that I don't get to vote for most of the people on the board because of districts.....but the board has a tremendous impact on anyone with school age children.

  • RAA0013 Jun 13, 2:26 p.m.

    Who cares what party they claim to be part of - they don't listen to what the parents of the kids in the schools want anyway. And for the Dems to be acting all innocent and shocked - cut the act! They are just as corrupt when given the chance to be as the other side. None of them really care about who they represent or the will of the people who elected them.

  • Scubagirl Jun 13, 2:02 p.m.

    "Best thing that could happen to that mess is get rid of them all and start over. makeitright"

    Truest post on here! Get rid of ALL OF THEM. I can't believe these people are in charge of what will happen to the children of Wake Co. They can't even manage their own stuff, what kind of example are they giving?????

  • babbleon1 Jun 13, 11:47 a.m.

    Unwarranted intrusion of state govt into local politics. Hypocritical of the party of 'govt closest to the people' to do.

  • hpr641 Jun 13, 11:42 a.m.

    What business of the GA is it to dictate districts in Wake County? Is it dictating them in other counties? The GA is a joke and I hope everyone is watching closely so we can votes these people out in 2014.

    You know what's ironic: It was also the General Assembly that forcibly merged the Wake County and Raleigh School Systems in the first place (in 1976 ... after both had rejected the idea in a non-binding referendum by a 3-1 margin just 3 years earlier). BTW, this is the same districting system that Durham Co. uses.

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