Raleigh City Councilman James West spoke out about the changes going on in the Wake County school system on Tuesday after being tapped to take the vacancy on the Wake County Board of Commissioners,
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, the leadership of the Wake County Democratic Party tapped West to replace Harold Webb, who resigned last week. It's pro forma for the commissioners to confirm West's appointment on Monday.
"We have a world-class school system compared to other school systems throughout the country," West said in his acceptance speech. "We certainly don't want to see the school system dismantled."
The question is how far West will go with Democratic commissioners, should they remain in the majority after this fall's elections, to hold up the Republican school board majority. By resigning last week, West would fill out Webb's term through 2012 instead of being on this fall's ballot.
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, no friend of the school board majority, has called West his closest ally on the City Council. He nominated West on Tuesday.
But school board member John Tedesco has also praised West for his willingness to be involved in the economically disadvantaged student performance task force.