Folks who were hoping that last week's Wake County school board actions were illegal seem to be out of luck.
School board attorney Ann Majestic said the new majority was following board policies when it pushed through a flurry of items at the board table. They showed a better knowledge of Robert's Rules of Order than the minority.
The new board members took advantage of a little used section of board policy to amend the agenda with a simple majority vote. It normally takes a two-third vote.
If you look at policy 1322, it takes two-thirds to amend an agenda after it's adopted. This has been the policy that has traditionally been used for amending agendas.
But the board took advantage of policy 1323, which says only a simple majority is needed to amend the agenda. The key is to amend the agenda before it's adopted, which is what the new majority did last week.
The vote was 5-4 to add the items to the agenda.
Majestic said the majority's actions complied with board policy. She said it's just not often done that way under policy 1323.
Some people who are upset with last week's actions have questioned their legality by saying the majority didn't follow its own official policies.