It's not looking good if you're hoping that Wake County school board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman will be the swing vote for keeping Del Burns on as superintendent through June 30.
In a blog post this afternoon for the liberal Independent weekly, Bob Geary notes the special school board meeting that's been called for Tuesday to discuss whether to remove Burns early. He's guessing that "there’s sure to be four votes against canning Burns prematurely," pointing to the members of the board minority.
Then he adds "one more — Debra Goldman? — and he stays."
Goldman wouldn't outright say she wants Burns out immediately in an interview this morning. But you can tell she's not happy about Burns' remarks during Thursday's media interviews.
“I’d expected him to be the professional he said he was, but the statements he made yesterday showed he wasn’t,” Goldman said.
Goldman accused Burns of undermining the board's authority with his remarks. She said he inapproprately was discussing his disagreement over policy issues that are the purview of the board and not staff.
Goldman also took Burns to task for the timing of his surprise announcement at Tuesday's school board meeting. She said his announcement detracted from the students who had attended for the presentation on the Junior ROTC program and the Spotlight On Students awards ceremony.
Perhaps more ominously for Burns, Goldman said that "at this point, you need to look at cutting your losses."
But Geary is right that Goldman is emerging as a swing vote on issues.