One of the likely points of contention at today's Wake County school board meeting is how long to let the public comment section run before votes are taken.
Like at the last three meetings, a lot of people are expected to sign up for the public comment section that starts at 4 p.m. It should be especially large with all the people who want to talk about the second vote on the resolution ending mandatory year-round schools.
Will the board strictly follow the rule for 30 minutes of public comment? If it does, most people wouldn't speak until after all the votes take place.
At the two December meetings, school board chairman Ron Margiotta let all the speakers go before moving on to the board votes. Comments went on for nearly three hours on Dec. 15.
But at the Jan. 5 meeting, Margiotta stopped after about 40 minutes of public comment. He told the remaining speakers that they were welcome to stay to speak at the end of the meeting, drawing boos from several people.
Margiotta had cited on Jan. 5 the need to not hold up the Spotlight on Students award ceremony that takes place at 6 p.m. A lot of relatives and friends attend to watch the students be recognized.
There is again a Spotlight on Students ceremony at 6 p.m. today. There's also a 5 p.m. ceremony for employee excellence awards.
Will public comment be cut off at 5 p.m.?