Wake County school board chairman Keith Sutton is voicing his displeasure about how closed-session details of the superintendent search were leaked to the public.
Former school board chairman Ron Margiotta said he had heard that James Merrill was the 5-4 choice over Ann Clark. Sutton said during his board comments today that he was "very disappointed" that closed-session information was shared with the public and wants to investigate how they can have repercussions for future breaches of confidentiality.
Sutton said release of the information was a violation of the oaths that the board members took.
"That breach of confidentiality is something I take very seriously and something that the board should take seriously," Sutton said. "I want the community to know that I take it very seriously."
Sutton said he's asked the board's policy committee and legal counsel to look at ethics policy to see what steps can be taken to provide some measure of accountability to make sure an act like this doesn’t happen again.
Sutton said actions could include public censure or public reprimand. Sutton said he'd support something that would allow the board "to penalize to the fullest extent possible, even a fine."
State law no longer lets school boards remove members.
Margiotta says he didn't get the info from board members, which would indicate he got it from people who were involved in the discussions.