Former Wake County school board member Patti Head will now have a statewide education role as one of Gov. Pat McCrory's latest appointees.
On Tuesday, McCrory appointed Head to the board of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. It's a not for profit policy think tank which is a partnership of business leaders, education leaders, and government leaders in North Carolina.
Head served as the school board member representing northwest Raleigh from 2001 to 2009, including two stints as chairwoman. During her tenure, the record $970 million school bond issue was passed and she backed controversial proposals such as converting 23 schools to a year-round calendar.
Like McCrory, Head is a Republican. But Head didn't hesitate to oppose the former Republican school board majority. She joined more than 20 other former board members in 2010 in issuing a statement supporting the policy of busing for socioeconomic diversity.