You probably won't see many, if any, Wake County school board members at tonight's public meeting on the superintendent search.
Heidrick & Struggles, the search firm hired by the board, is advising board members to stay away from the various public and private input meetings. The same advice was given by board member Debra Goldman, chairwoman of the search committee, at the July 1 meeting.
Goldman said they can't keep board members from coming. But she said "it's in the best interest of getting the stakeholder feedback that we're not all slitting there."
"We want them to really be able to say whatever they want to say without directing discussion toward us and without feeling like they shouldn't say something because we're sitting there," Goldman said.
Henry Conway, the team leader from Heidrick, said the absence of board members will "keep extraneous things from coming up."
The recommendation from the July 1 meeting was repeated in an e-mail message sent to board members last week.
This advice applied to Monday's private meetings and the public meetings being held today and tomorrow.
The search firm is using the meetings to get feedback on what characteristics people want in the next superintendent. The feedback will be given to the board, which has the responsibility of developing the characteristics and profile of the next superintendent.
Tonight's meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tomorrow's meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Both public meetings will be held in the school board meeting room, 3600 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh.