One question today is how much support will Anthony Tata get from the school board in being selected as Wake County's new superintendent.
It's likely Tata will get the support of all the Republican board members. Board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman has broken ranks at times but she's also the head of the search committee that recommended Tata.
Will any of the Democratic board members, who had all opposed efforts to let non-educators hold the job, vote for Tata? And what message will it send if the vote is divided?
Let's start with the vote counting.
First off, board member Anne McLaurin says she won't be at the meeting today because of her medical duties as a doctor. In addition, she's quoted in this WTVD article that she was told last week that there would be no meeting this week. She's not happy about meeting before Christmas, calling it a case of poor governance.
McLaurin also complained to WTVD that board members have not been given any material to make an informed decision for any type of vote today. That kind of depends on what information you think is needed. Board members interviewed Tata earlier this month and offered him a contract.
But all the other board members are expected to be there today.
Board members Kevin Hill and Carolyn Morrison are the least likely to vote for Tata. Both retired principals were the most vocal about their opposition this summer about changing the qualifications for superintendent.
Board member Keith Sutton has been more willing than the other Dems to vote with the majority on issues. But he's likely to face pressure to vote against Tata.
This could mean a 4-3 vote today in public for Tata. (Board chairman Ron Margiotta wouldn't vote because McLaurin's absence means no tie will need to be broken.)
BTW, the board had voted 6-2 in 2006 to hire Del Burns as superintendent. At the time, Margiotta and then board member Horace Tart said their no votes were about the decision to not do a national search and not a reflection of their opinion of Burns.
In 2000, the board vote was unanimous in hiring Bill McNeal.
The board is back after a 31-minute closed session. Keith Sutton is also not here so seven members are present.
Sutton, in an e-mail message, said he wasn't here because of the lack of ample notice about the meeting. The same reason was given by Anne McLaurin, who has medical duties today, why she couldn't attend.
The meeting was scheduled on Tuesday.
Even though Hill and Morrison voted against Tata, they said they'll throw 100 percent support behind him now that he's superintendent.