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Discussing bus ride times and other issues at policy committee meeting

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Tou've got a wide range of topics on the agenda for today's Wake County school board policy committee meeting.

The committee will talk about whether there's a need to change the policy on the employment of a superintendent. This could allow for changes such as eliminating the requirement the new superintendent be an educator or that an internal search needs to be conducted first.

The board will also get information on the times of bus routes that had been requested at the May 12 meeting. Current R&P says that "less than 45 minutes one-way ride time should be expected for most students."

From there it goes up to a maximum one-way ride time of 75 minutes for elementary students and 90 minutes for base secondary students and magnet and calendar option students.

The board will also discuss the policy that says the school assignment plan should be completed by May 1. Back on May 12, Laura Evans, senior director of growth and planning, said they wanted to move up the date to make it easier on families.

Among the other items on the agenda is a discussion of the policy for the job description of a teacher.

The meeting starts at 9:15 a.m. in the board conference room, 3600 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh.

Today's finance committee meeting was cancelled.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.