Wake County Schools

Goldman breaks ranks with Wake school board majority

Posted October 4, 2010 8:39 p.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2010 5:08 a.m. EDT

— Debra Goldman, a member of the five-person block behind changes to policies in the Wake County Public School System, said Monday that she may vote against a student assignment plan if it does not provide each student with a base school.

A Student Assignment Committee has been meeting for months to hash out a way to convert the county-wide school district from a system that assigns students to balance a school's socio-economic makeup – a policy opponents said resulted in long bus rides – to one that focuses on keeping students closer to home in geographic zones.

Goldman, who voted with the majority to initiate the policy change, is not a member of that committee and feels shut out of planning, she told WRAL News.

Board of Education chairman Ron Margiotta said Goldman has expressed her concenrs to him, but has no plans to add her to the three-member committee.

Goldman attended a committee meeting last week and asked for a careful, considerate plan.

"We really need to listen more to people," she said. "We need to hear what they're saying. We need to formulate a plan and really cohesively figure out where to go from here."

At last week's meeting, committee members John Tedesco and Chris Malone voted on some tweaks to the proposed assignment maps.

Carolyn Morrison, the other Board of Education member and third voting member on the committee voted against the change, saying she thought the committee was moving too fast.

The Board of Education meets in its regular monthly public meeting Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the school administration building at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. Before the public meeting, the board has a work session at which the assignment plan is expected to be discussed.

WRAL.com will carry video of both meetings live online.