It's official that there will be a new Wake County school board member this fall in District 5.
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, school board member Anne McLaurin says she will not run for re-election. She said she felt comfortable leaving now because of the board’s increasing emphasis on student achievement, the development of potentially workable student assignment plans, and a recent decision to ask the state for additional funding.
“The board took a stand on requesting that the governor and the legislature increase the funding for education and that was not something the board agreed to do when we were talking to the county,” McLaurin said. “I think we are in a better place.
The other thing that’s important to me is that the whole community is engaged and is understanding what a great system this is. Sometimes you have to be shaken a little bit before you know what you’re losing.”
Also in today's article, McLaurin laughed when asked about the charges some have leveled, that she served as Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker’s voice on the school board. Meeker, for those who somehow don't know by now, is McLaurin's husband.
“I think Mayor Meeker stated his own views pretty clearly didn't he?” she said. “I don’t think he ever thought he needed me to make up his mind and I didn’t need him to help make up my mind.”
McLaurin said that N.C. State Professor Jim Martin has told her that he's interested in running for the District 5 seat. Martin, a Democrat like McLaurin, had been mulling a run in District 8 against Ron Margiotta before the redistricting plan moved him into District 5.
No one has officially announced plans yet to run in District 5.
McLaurin ran unopposed in 2007. That's pretty unlikely this time.
Aside from the increased interest in the school board now, the redistricting has made the seat more competitive. Instead of being more of a Inside the Beltline seat, District 5 now has a larger portion outside of Raleigh.