Wake County School Board

Politics & Government
4:03 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Wake GOP Opposes Local School And Transportation Bonds

The Wake County GOP says it's opposed to a $75 million Raleigh transportation bond and a $810 million Wake Schools bond going to the ballot in October.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The Wake County Republican Party is opposing bond referendums for Raleigh transportation and public school construction projects. 

Voters will decide in October whether to approve $75 million in improvements to sidewalks and roads as well as traffic calming projects in Raleigh.  The Wake GOP executive committee says it voted to oppose that bond due to the city's accumulating debt. 

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Education
4:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Voters Will Soon Decide Fate Of Wake School Bond

A school bond would add $145 to the tax bill for the average Wake County homeowner.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The last time Wake County voters had a chance to decide on a nearly $1 billion school bond, they passed it. That was seven years ago. But in 1999, a school bond failed, due to concern over higher taxes.

That mixed history has school leaders on edge. They say a new bond is essential to serving the district’s 150,000 students. Another 20,000 are expected within the next five years. They hope to build 16 new schools and make major renovations to other building to deal with that growth.

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Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

House: Construction Stays With Wake School Board

The Wake School Board will retain the responsibility for school construction.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The North Carolina House has voted down a bill that would have handed over school construction and maintenance responsibilities to the Wake County Commissioners.

The bill would have taken that responsibility away from the Wake County School Board. Supporters argued that the county commissioners have more experience in school construction. Opponents warned that the Legislature should not set a precedent in a local dispute.

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Education
1:42 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Tedesco Will Not Seek Re-Election To Wake School Board

John Tedesco will not seek re-election to the Wake County School Board.
Credit Wake County Public Schools

Today was the final day to file to run in the election for Wake County School Board, and at least one prominent incumbent will be leaving the Board.

John Tedesco has been the highest-profile board member since he was elected in 2009. He led the Republican effort to end Wake County’s student assignment plan that diversified schools based on family income.

Tedesco, a Republican, announced earlier this week that he will not seek a second term. Democrats re-took the majority on the Board in 2011 and scrapped the choice plan that replaced the diversity plan.

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Education
11:37 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Wake County Sheriff Encourages Creation Of School Police Force

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools police patch
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Wake County’s sheriff, Donnie Harrison, is urging the School Board to create its own police force.  Harrison made the comments as part of a report to the Wake School Board on school security.

He says school security issues are more important now, six months after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Education
4:03 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Wake Picks Merrill As New Superintendent

James Merrill
Credit Wake County Public Schools

As homecomings go, this one was slightly delayed for James Merrill. He spent 16 years in a variety of administrative posts in the Wake County Schools in the 1980s and ‘90s, rising as high as associate superintendent. Once he became the top candidate earlier this month after a series of interviews and public events, it took another few weeks to iron out the contract details.

He says it was worth the wait.

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Education
3:29 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Wake School Board Split On Superintendent

The Wake School Board is split on hiring a new superintendent.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Tonight, the Wake County School Board will continue its discussions on hiring a superintendent.

It’s been more than two weeks since the three finalists for Wake Superintendent visited the district for a hectic few days of interviews and public appearances. Wake School Board Chair Keith Sutton initially indicated a new superintendent would be hired within a few days, but delays have pushed it back to tonight, at the earliest.

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Education
4:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Legislators Take Aim At Local School Boards

The General Assembly has targeted Wake and Guilford school boards for electoral changes.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Being on a school board is a little like being the head chef at the local Applebee’s. You don’t get to choose the ingredients and it’s not your recipe, but if someone doesn’t like the Bourbon Street Steak, you’re going to hear about it.

In other words, school boards in North Carolina have relatively little power but plenty of responsibility. And it’s been that way for a long time.

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Politics & Government
7:37 am
Tue April 23, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Revamp Wake County School Board

Credit NC General Assembly

State lawmakers in the Senate have approved a bill that would change how leaders of the Wake County school board are elected.

Senate Bill 325 would scrap the current boundaries for board seats. It would also move board elections from odd to even-numbered years, when voters choose their representatives in Congress and the General Assembly.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Wake Superintendent Search Enters New Phase

Credit Dave DeWitt

The search for a superintendent for the Wake County Schools enters an important phase today, as public meetings begin.

The meetings serve as an opportunity for anyone and everyone to express what qualities they’d like to see in the next superintendent. The meetings will last three days and include stops in Cary and Raleigh.

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