New school board may have violated law

Posted December 3, 2009 6:40 p.m. EST
Updated December 3, 2009 7:32 p.m. EST

— An attorney for WRAL News said Thursday that the new Wake County Board of Education might have violated state law.

After four new members were sworn in Tuesday, the board passed eight resolutions on a number of issues, making significant changes to some of the school system's long-standing policies.

Board members said Thursday they met and discussed some issues in advance of Tuesday's meetings.

Amanda Martin, an attorney with Everett, Gaskins, Hancock & Stevens LLP, said she believes the new members may have broken state law by voting on matters they clearly deliberated over before taking the oath of office.

The new members said they don't believe they violated any state statutes.

Board member Chris Malone said the new members have been transparent and the idea that something improper was done is "ridiculous."