Wake County Schools

Wake school board member Hill to seek re-election

Posted June 1, 2011 11:45 a.m. EDT
Updated July 6, 2011 4:34 p.m. EDT

— Wake County school board member Kevin Hill officially announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election for the District 3 seat this fall.

“I believe now, more than ever, that our Wake County Board of Education needs strong, progressive and experienced leadership to help take our school system and our students to new levels of achievement,” Hill said in a news release.

Elected to the board in October 2007, Hill is an adjunct instructor of education at North Carolina State University and a former teacher and principal in the Wake County school system. He served as the school board's vice-chairman in 2008-09 and chairman from June 2009 to December 2009.

Five of the board's nine seats are up for grabs this year, including Hill's and three other Democratic board members who have voted as a bloc over the past two years, challenging the board's Republican majority over a number of issues, including a controversial change in the district's longstanding student assignment policy.

Hill said that, while the new policy is being finalized and implemented in the 2012-13 school year, he would see that it is implemented "with fidelity and a true commitment to achievement."

“It is important to develop a plan that respects parents’ wishes for their children, while also using our limited facilities and resources to their best potential.” Hill said. "The resulting plan must be transparent and free from politically motivated controls so that all families are treated fairly in the process.”

The terms of board Chairman Ron Margiotta and members Keith Sutton, Carolyn Morrison and Dr. Anne McLaurin also expire this fall. All but Morrison and McLaurin have indicated they plan to run again.

Sutton and Morrison face election for the first time after being appointed to fill seats left vacant in 2009.

The filing period for school board candidates begins July 25.