Should the Wake school system, or any school system, enjoy governmental immunity from liability lawsuits?
The answer, at least according to most Wake school board members, is yes. Last week, the school board voted 6-1 to express opposition to the General Assembly possibly eliminating governmental immunity for public schools, cities and counties.
Ann Majestic, the school board's attorney, painted a dire picture for Wake if it lost governmental immunity.
Majestic warned that loss of immunity could lead to higher insurance premiums and higher legal fees.
Click here for the precis from last week's board meeting that lists Wake's arguments for keeping governmental immunity.
The immunity Wake now claims isn't absolute. State law says that school boards waive governmental immunity to the extent they obtain insurance coverage.
The lone exception on the board was Ron Margiotta. He argued that Wake should be willing to own up for any mistakes it or its employees make.