Local Politics

School board's Gill to replace Blue in House

Posted June 12, 2009 6:21 a.m. EDT
Updated June 12, 2009 6:25 p.m. EDT

— Rosa Gill, chairwoman of the Wake County Board of Education, will serve out the remainder of the House term of Rep. Dan Blue, D-Wake.

Blue moved to the state Senate after the April death of Sen. Vernon Malone.

Gill, a member of the school board for more than a decade, was selected over Bernard Allen II by Democratic Party leaders in a vote Thursday night.

Gov. Beverly Perdue must approve the party's selection before Gill can take office.

The remaining eight members of the school board are expected to meet Tuesday and will likely talk about the process of picking Gill's replacement.

Several groups are backing candidates in the fall who say they support community schools over the board's current policy of bussing students for economic diversity.

School board member Lori Millberg said Friday that diversity would be part of the discussion.

"Since the majority of board members support that, I think the board will be looking for candidates that support that, as well," Millberg said.

Gill said whoever replaces her will really have to want the job.

"First of all, you need to be dedicated," Gill said. "This is something you need to want to do, because it's going to be very time-consuming, and you're going to have to make difficult decisions."