Cathy Truitt's decision to concede the election on Monday puts the likely new school board majority in good shape to run the show for four years.
As noted in today's article, the school board's approach of electing members by district instead of countywide will make it hard for the other side to regain control in 2011. It's ironic considering that supporters of current board polices have been the ones who most fought against at-large elections.
As it now stands, three of the board seats in 2011 are held by supporters of the diversity policy. The only one that they could pick up to flip the board is the District 8 seat held by Ron Margiotta.
Margiotta says that it would be hard to get a supporter of the diversity policy elected in his southwest Wake district.
One variable is that new boundary lines will be drawn in 2011 after the next census. But it will be the new board adopting the boundaries.
Margiotta said it's possible that critics of the diversity policy could pick up seats in 2011, including the one in North Raleigh now held by board chairman Kevin Hill.
So by 2013 when these four seats are up again, the question will be how much will the public want to undo the changes that have been made?
That four-year run will make it harder to stall the board from making changes.
Based on the pending changes, will the sides reverse and the new board support keeping district elections while the other side wants countywide elections? It could be the best shot to flip the board in 2011 or potetially lead to the new majority grabbing multiple seats.