You should literally be prepared to get a chilly reception at today's special Wake County board meeting.
The meeting was added to the schedule on Tuesday, which since it required 48-hours notice put it on for today. The meeting was scheduled after staff planned to close Central Office at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh at 4 p.m. Wednesday. This means the heat is dialed back during winter break.
With only a handful of staff members present today, security will reopen the building shortly before the meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. It could be chilly inside.
On the plus side, there should be plenty of parking.
Staff could delay dialing back the heat until after today's meeting. But that would have an impact on utility costs.
Here's the game plan for the meeting, which is open to the public. The board will open in the main board room before quickly going into closed session in the conference room.
If the board can agree today on hiring Anthony Tata as superintendent, members will reopen the meeting and hold the official public vote.
Patty Williams of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition criticized the school board for holding the meeting so close to the holidays.