The decision to effectively oust Del Burns as Wake County superintendent by putting him on administrative leave is likely to raise the temperature even more.
As noted in today's article, critics of the new school board majority are in an uproar over the decision to put Burns on the sidelines through June 30. On the other hand, supporters of the new board are happy with the move.
"I'm sorry it's come to this," said Yevonne Brannon, chairwoman of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition, which had urged that Burns be allowed to stay on through June 30. "In a very short time, the new board majority have turned the county upside down."
People on Del's Army, the Facebook group created to lobby for Burns to keep his job, were being urged Tuesday night to e-mail the school board members to tell how they feel.
But Dallas Woodhouse, state director of the conservative Americans for Prosperity, said that the school board "was left no other choice" but to remove Burns. He said "Burns’ behavior has helped create division in our community rather than help heal it."
Wake County Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope also said putting Burns on leave was a good decision.