Should Wake County school board member Ron Margiotta run again as board chair when his term expires next month?
There had been some question about whether board policy would allow Margiotta to serve again as chair. Margiotta had created a precedent in December 2009 when he ousted Kevin Hill from the chairmanship before the end of what was supposed to be a one-year term. Margiotta was later elected to a full one-year term last June.
After some legal review, school board attorney Ann Majestic says Margiotta could at a minimum seek a term as chairman that would run through November. This would cover the board policy that says chairs can only serve for two consecutive one-year terms.
It's not as clear whether Margiotta could be allowed under policy to be elected to a full one-year term as chair. Even if he was elected to a one-year term as chair, it's still contingent on him getting re-elected on Oct. 11.
BTW, Margiotta is refuting rumors that he's not going to run again in October.
But as for board chair, Margiotta said this week he hasn't really thought much about that yet. He only learned recently from Majestic that he could serve as chair again.
If Margiotta doesn't run, and possibly even if he does, there's speculation that vice chairwoman Debra Goldman will seek the chair's slot next month.
The person who is elected at next month's annual meeting to be chair will have a big plate dealing with issues such as budget cuts and adoption of the new long-term student assignment plan.
Regardless of who is chair going forward, Margiotta said they should change board policy so that the annual meeting takes place in December instead of June.