The mailer says that incumbent school board member "Kevin Hill says he will 'Stonewall' Concerned Parents." She got the year wrong in the mailer but it references a March 30, 2010 email that was released last year by the Bedford Homeowners Association.
"Some 300 Bedford area parents signed a petition to the School Board asking to be heard about the reassignment of their children from nearby Wakefield High School to Heritage High," says the mailer. "Kevin Hill refused to meet with us and emailed the principal at Heritage that he intended to 'stonewall' them and their petition. Heather Losurdo will listen to her constituents and advocate for their needs. Is that any way for a Representative to treat his constituents?"
The mailer also brings up Baileywick Elementary, saying that it's "a high needs declining enrollment school in Raleigh that deserves Federal funding under the needs-baaed formula instead of being funded on a per-pupil basis."
"Hill has refused to advocate for them, so they have been unable to get the funds and resources they need," adds the mailer. "Is that any way for a Representative to treat his constituents?"
The reference has apparently annoyed a number of people at the school, several of whom have contacted me to complain it unfairly puts Baileywick in a bad light. They're not happy that the words "Rock Bottom" appear above the description of the school.
In a letter to the editor today, Baileywick teacher Becky Norkus praises the school's academic accomplishments and notes it gets federal Title I Funding. She also writes that "Losurdo falsely claims that our school is unable to get the funds we need because Hill will not advocate for us."
"Most schools in Wake County need additional funds, and Kevin Hill does support Baileywick," Norkus adds.
The mailer also brings up Wakefield Elementary, saying "parents would like their school put back on a traditional calendar to conform with that of Wakefield Middle School and ease confusion in families with children in both."
"Hill has ignored them over and over," the mailer continues. "Is that any way for a Representative to treat his constituents?"