The firing of Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata has resulted in joint meetings between the school board and county commissioners on the next school bond issue being put on hold.
In this letter dated Friday, Board of Commissioner Paul Coble writes to school board chairman Kevin Hill that there's "no reason" now to hold the joint meetings until the commissioners get resolution on issues that have been put "up in the air" by Tata's firing.
Coble wants the school board to pass a resolution on the new/revised student assignment plan. He also wants the school board to pass resolutions affirming their support, for at least the next seven years, for the Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy and for the CTE high school.
“Given the two previously mentioned projects and the new majority’s apparent conclusion to pursue a new student assignment model, I see no reason to establish joint meetings until these are issues are publicly resolved by the school board,” Coble writes.
Coble is critical of Tata's firing, charging it brings into question how much the commissioners can trust the school board.
“The recent decision by the School Board to fire the Superintendent raises serious concerns about the direction, leadership, and consistency of the Wake County public school system,” Coble writes in the letter. “Clearly, the new majority wants to set its own course, which leaves existing and potential partnerships ‘up in the air.’”
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