Wake County school board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman got a mostly favorable response at Tuesday's night highly choreographed town hall forum in Cary.
As noted in today's article by Sadia Latifi, most speakers praised Goldman for slowing down the process by joining with the Democrats last week to kill the zone plan. The meeting, which drew about 150 people, took place amid a large police presence as officers guarded entrances and closed off the front section of seats.
"It’s important that I hear from my constituents about their thoughts and concerns, so I can best represent you in my role as a school board member,” Goldman said during the forum. “I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the board and figuring out what needs to happen in Wake County to further the goals we have set before us.”
Debbie Kline, PTSA president at Athens Drive, was among the parents who thanked Goldman. Kline said she thought the process behind the developing plan had been too reactive.
“It felt like we were just reacting to whoever is yelling right now,” Kline told Goldman. “It didn’t feel like there was enough attention to the whole problem.”
The only serious personal criticism came from Allison Backhouse of Wake CARES.
“Shame on you, Mrs. Goldman,” Backhouse said. “You turned your back on those who supported a new direction for our school system and our children.”
But Backhouse was in the minority Tuesday night.
After the forum ended, Goldman left without talking to reporters.