The new Democratic majority on the Wake County school board want to work on student assignment on Day 2 instead of Day 1 of their tenure.
As noted in today's article, Democratic school board member and potential new chairman Kevin Hill has requested that a Dec. 7 work session be held on the student assignment plan. The new majority will be sworn in on Dec. 6.
“The assignment plan is very time sensitive,” Hill said. “We’ll be into the December holidays and time is short. I requested that we get our sleeves rolled up and get to work.”
Don't look for changes on student assignment to take place Dec. 6 because Hill said the new majority wants to avoid the questions that dogged the Republican board majority when members met before taking office in 2009.
While not illegal, critics accused Republicans of trying to skirt the Open Meetings Law by meeting as a group to agree on the items they presented without advance notice at their first board meeting.
Newly elected Democratic board member Jim Martin said they want to get word out about a meeting Dec. 7 or later on that week as soon as soon as possible.
"We will let the community know about the meetings well in advance,” Martin said. “There will be no surprises.”
When Superintendent Tony Tata received Hill's request, he said he pointed out how under board policy only the chair or two board members can call a special meeting.
If Democratic board member Keith Sutton also asks for a Dec. 7 meeting then that would satisfy that part of policy.
"We will meet with them whenever they are ready," Tata said. "We will be there to answer their questions."