It looks like the PTA won't officially have to be consulted when members are nominated to serve on Wake County school board advisory councils.
At the recommendation of school board member Deborah Prickett, the board agreed during today's work session to strike the language from the BAC policy saying that board members must consult with the principal and PTA before nominating members.
Prickett had initially wanted to remove the language about consulting with the principal too but agreed to only drop the section on PTA consultation.
Each BAC is supposed to have a representative from every school so that school's PTA is consulted.
But Prickett, noting that she's a PTA member, argued that the PTAs should be separate from the BACs. She said there are other parent groups she might want to consult for BAC appointments.
Other board members who backed the change noted that they could still consult with the PTA before making nominations.
In another change, they've tweaked some wording about the change they were originally going to be voted on today.
The original policy revision that was proposed for today said BAC members must reside within the voting district to serve. The wording added during the work session provided an exception for some of those BAC members who might be affected by redistricting.
The new wording says that "the member must reside within the voting district or have children in a school within the district of appointment."
The change was approved during the work session by a 4-3 vote along party lines. Democrat Kevin Hill wasn't at the meeting and GOP board chairman Ron Margiotta didn't have a tie to break.
It's on the regular meeting agenda for a first reading.
The policy change was approved on first reading by a 6-1 vote with Keith Sutton being the lone dissenter.
There are two other changes added at the board table that I forgot to mention.
At Prickett's request, they also dropped the section in the current policy saying that "it is recommended that Board Advisory Council members from each school should be placed on the board of their local Parent-Teacher Association."
At Debra Goldman's request, they tweaked the existing policy wording saying that new board members will have the responsibility to review BAC memberships after being sworn in. The wording now says that board members will also have the responsibility to review BAC memberships after redistricting.
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