Is it time for the Wake County school board to try to negotiate the best possible school construction management deal with the county commissioners?
The legislation allowing county governments to take over all school facilities responsibilities from school boards has pretty sweeping language. It would relegate school boards to the sidelines in counties which exercise the ownership authority.
"The county shall consult the board of education in the siting, design, construction, equipping, expansion, improvement, or renovation of the property," according to S236.
The key word is "consult." It doesn't say commissioners have to do what the school board wants.
For instance, Joe Bryan, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, said they'd still have the school district set the target rings for new schools. The county would then try to purchase sites within the circles.
But the legislation doesn't say that the county has to do that.
School board member John Tedesco has been trying to persuade his colleagues to cut a deal with commissioners that would allow them to still have some say on school construction issues.