Former Wake County Superintendent Del Burns is reflecting on the recent school board elections and the purpose of public schools "to preserve our democratic republic."
In an op-ed piece today, Burns writes about the lessons he learned during his 36 years working in Wake. He also writes about how school board elections are about resolving public values conflicts.
"The current Wake County Board of Education owes much to the previous board," Burns writes. "The new board that will be seated on Dec. 6 will owe much to the current board. It is my hope that as the newly elected board takes office its members will focus not on winning or losing, and that they will move from campaigning to governing, focusing on the purpose of public schools."
Burns, who donated money to Kevin Hill during the campaign, is the co-author of the new book "Preserving the Public in Public Schools: Visions, Values, Conflicts, and Choices."