Wake County school board member Deborah Prickett could, in essence, become the state's school board member of the year.
The Wake school board is scheduled to vote today on naming Prickett as the district's nominee for the N.C. School Boards Association's Raleigh Dingman award. if Prickett won the statewide award, she'd serve as an ex-officio member of the State Board of Education. She'd represent NCSBA and the 115 local school boards.
Wake is citing Prickett’s "close connection with the State Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction" in the nomination. She is a DPI education consultant working in the federal program monitoring section.
The only reason Prickett would be eligible is that Wake rejoined the NCSBA this year after a one-year hiatus. There would be some irony in a Wake school board member representing the NCSBA.
The school board voted 5-3 to approve nominating Prickett. Kevin Hill, Anne McLaurin and Keith Sutton voted no.
School board chairman Ron Marigotta said he thought it was important to nominate someone to send a message to the NCSBA that they want to participate in the process. He said they only considered the four board members who will definitely be on the board for the next year.
Hill said he normally wouldn't oppose nominating Pricket. But he said he didn't think it was appropriate to nominate anyone this year considering how they had only recently rejoined the NCSBA.