It looks like Horace Tart will have at least one competitor in his bid to be reelected to the District 2 school board seat.
Cathy Truitt, a retired Johnston County principal with three decades of education experience, has announced her candidacy. In an interview in the Garner Citizen, Truitt takes some shots at Wake's reassignment policies and doesn't give Wake high marks for responsiveness to the public.
While Truitt doesn't advocate the complete elimination of busing, she does find that some aspects go too far.
"If you suddenly stopped busing any child in the school system and put everyone in their local schools, is that going to solve our issues of high quality education? No, it won’t. It may make some parents happy," she said in the article.
...To me, the argument is a smokescreen with underlying and more fundamental issues. It is painful and frightening. …There is forced busing and students that are bussed by choice. But to have children sprinkled across the county to try to make school scores look better, it doesn’t work - as you can see by the number of schools not making AYP."
Truitt doesn't say that schools in Johnston are better academically than those in Wake. But she says there is a clear difference in how both deal with the public.
"The biggest difference that I see between the two districts is that we [Johnston County] have a history … of listening to the voice of customers. So we have a history, and it is an expectation. We expect to listen to our parents and our business community," Truitt said.
She also says that students in Johnston can expect to stay in the same school unless they move.
In contrast, Truitt said parents in Wake feel they're not heard and that their lives are unstable.