Does being "deliberate" mean being thorough or mean slowing things down until the next Wake County school board election?
As noted in today's article, those are the two perspectives being mentioned for school board member Kevin Hill's proposal to slow down the process for developing he new student assignment model. Perhaps not surprisingly, reaction largely split along partisan lines.
"It's a deliberate approach," said Democratic school board member Keith Sutton. "We are going to have some inclusion and some consensus building."
"Most everybody is uncomfortable if the board doesn't work together," added Democratic board member Anne McLaurin.
But Republican board members Chris Malone and John Tedesco said going at the pace Hill wants would push things out so nothing is adopted before next fall's school board elections.
"It's really convenient that it won't be ready before the elections," Tedesco said.
Tedesco questioned Hill's call to assess the cost implications before even developing the new assignment plan. He argued, for instance, that you need to know what will be in the plan first before determining costs. One example he cited was whether you'd use express busing or regular busing.
"You can't ask a builder how much a building will cost unless you know what all the bells and whistles will be."
But what could matter more is how Republican board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman feels about Hill's proposal.
"I think this board working together would be fantastic," Goldman said of Hill's proposal. "I am looking forward to working for the academic benefit of the children of Wake County."