Wake County school board member Kevin Hill reiterated today that he isn't out to scrap the new student assignment plan or get rid of Superintendent Tony Tata.
In an interview today on The Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF, Hill answered the charges being leveled at him by Heather Losurdo that his re-election will result in the assignment plan being junked and a majority that could fire Tata. Hill said the recently adopted plan was 85 to 90 percent there.
"I don't believe that we're going to go back to the old plan," Hill said if he wins. "I've said repeatedly I have no intention of that. That's water under the bridge.
The plan that we have and I'll make very clear that I didn't vote against the plan itself. My no vote was against a few components of the plan. I think there are some rough edges around the plan that need to be worked out so I do not see us scrapping this plan at all. I'm looking forward to working with the superintendent and staff to take care of the rough edges and move forward with it."
LuMaye asked what his concerns were with the plan then. Hill pointed to having seat set-asides at high-performing schools for low-performing students.
"So what I'd like to see is an opportunity for us to come together, look at the high-performing schools and talk about the seat set-asides for those students that are displaced from magnets," Hill answered.
Based on his answers, LuMaye said that "after talking to you Kevin, I don't know that you're talking about going back to busing for diversity's sake. That sounds like that's a dead plan altogether for you. But I don't want to put words in your mouth."
"No, I believe it is," Hill answered. "Again, I agree with the superintendent though that we have to look at student achievement and a balance of student achievement at all of our schools."
LuMaye then asked Hill for his assessment of Tata. Hill said he's "a stand-up guy with good intentions."
"I have a feeling he will be with us for years to come," Hill said.
"So you wouldn't vote against him?" LuMaye asked.
"Heavens no," Hill answered, as he also acknowledged he voted against hiring him in December.
LuMaye asked Hill for his reaction to the attacks from Progress NC Action about Losurdo's bankruptcy 18 years ago. LuMaye asked if the attacks are relevant.
"I think there should be some boundaries, but I think everyone wants insight into the character and integrity of people who are running for office," Hill answered. "I've already publicly stated that what happened in the early '90s I wasn't going to go there."
"Does it matter to you?" LuMaye asked. "Should it matter to anybody?"
"There are probably a few things when I was in college I'd do differently," Hill answered.
Hill also said that he's "very publicly" asked that the political action committees "back out of District 3" because he feels he can run "a positive campaign."