Wake County Commissioner Stan Norwalk is arguing that rejecting the Rolesville High School land purchase would be a case of drawing a line in the sand against the Wake County school board majority and stopping their "madness."
In a message posted Wednesday on Curmilus Dancy's blog, Norwalk calls locating a new high school in Rolesville and not the Forest Ridge site in Northeast Raleigh the latest example of politics by the school board. He said rejecting the Rolesville site is "about stopping the death of WCPSS by a “thousand cuts."
"If the line in the sand is not drawn here, future cuts will be harder and harder to stop," Norwalk writes. "The H6 vote is the first opportunity for the Board of Commissioners to take action to stop the madness, the meanness and the eventual death of diversified public education in Wake County."
In Norwalk's message, he lists a litany of complaints that have been lodged by critics of the school board majority over the past several months. For instance, he brings up the allegation about the influence that conservative businessmen Bob Luddy and Art Pope have over the new majority.
Norwalk also adds some more recent complaints, including saying that the school board pulled out of the state and national school boards associations because the Council of Urban Boards of Education supports diversity. CUBE is part of the National School Boards Association.
Norwalk calls the recent talk by the board majority about renaming Enloe High School a case of "meanness and spite." He charges it's a slam against Enloe High because it's the home base for many protesters against the board majority.
Norwalk urges people to contact commissioners before the potential July 6 vote on H6.
The question right now is whether the other three Democrats will join Norwalk in voting against the Rolesville site in hopes of forcing the school board to go back to Forest Ridge. Commissioner Lindy Brown could be the swing vote.
Norwalk has already made waves for his allegations during Monday's meeting that the decision to reject Forest Ridge in favor of the Rolesville site as a case of "back room politics" by the school board majority.
I'm going to try to provide more context on Norwalk's letter. He's been sending it around the community. Dancy posted a copy on his blog so it's not that Norwalk just sent it to him.