It's not an understatement to say that today's joint meeting of the Wake County school board and Wake County Commissioners got heated.
School board members accused commissioners of slapping them in the face and putting a school bond issue in danger by asking for changes in state law in who owns schools and how the school board is elected. Commissioners countered that the board’s actions have already cost the public’s trust and that unless the changes are passed that a badly needed bond won’t pass this fall.
“It’s a sad day when we’ve gotten to the point where we seem to enjoy not working with each other,” said Commissioner James West, a Democrat.
Also during the meeting, four of the school board member across party lines indicated that it might be better to wait until 2014 to have a bond. They cited issues such as the short time frame to get the details done, the challenge of getting public support and the acrimony with the commissioners.
Click here for the article on the joint meeting.