You could soon see some major shakeups in the membership of the Wake County school board advisory councils.
The policy committee recommended on Wednesday a policy change that says members of the board advisory councils need to be reinstated after new school board members take office. It's a major change from current policy in which BAC members serve until their terms expire, which can run for up to three years.
The change is important considering the differences in opinions between most new school board members and their predecessors.
The change would apply to school board members who are elected or appointed. The new school board members would be expected to decide whether to reinstate their BAC members "within a reasonable length of time following the Oath of Office."
School board member Debra Goldman, chairwoman of the policy committee, said the reason for the revision is that new members might not be able to make any changes on their BACs because of the terms of the members.
In Goldman's case, she said she's "thrilled" with her BAC members even though she knows several disagree with her positions. But she said the problem is there won't be any openings on her BAC until 2011.
Goldman said she'd like the ability to appoint new BAC members right now whose views she thinks would be good based on the "different emerging issues" at the time.
School board members nominate BAC members for approval by the full school board.
Goldman said that the BACs should be driven by the school board members and not by the members of the BACs.
School board member Keith Sutton said he'd like the opportunity to be able to make changes on the BAC he inherited after taking office in August. But he said it's also good that the current policy prevents a new school board member from removing his whole council.
Sutton proposed staggering terms so that one third of each BAC's membership would be up for renewal each year.
School board member Kevin Hill suggested a compromise in which additional at-large BAC positions could be created. But Goldman said she's concerned that it would just make the size of the BACs too large.
The change was approved 3-0 by Goldman, Chris Malone and Anne McLaurin. Only committee members can vote in the committee. Malone, before his vote, said he was "delighted" with his board advisory council.
The policy change will be discussed at Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting. The change still needs to be approved by the full board to go into effect.
This isn't the first time that BACs have been an issue with the new board. As you recall, some BAC chairs were not happy that a meeting between them and the board was cancelled by school board chairman Ron Margiotta.
Click here for the new policy. Point C2 should have been highlighted to reflect the new language about BAC positions requiring reinstatement.
Click here for the current policy.