New Wake County Superintendent Anthony Tata will get a "welcoming party" from some of the same protesters who've targeted school board meetings over the past year.
As noted in today's article, protesters plan to be outside the Barbecue Lodge on Thursday night when Tata speaks to the Wake County Taxpayers Association during his tour of the area. The organizers for the event's Facebook page are Monserrat Alvarez, a leader of N.C. HEAT; and Seth Keel, a Middle Creek High teen arrested earlier this year at a school board meeting.
"Anthony Tata was named the new Superintendent of the WCPSS," says the event website. "Join us as we voice our opposition to this decision at his first public appearance in which he meets with the conservative group: Wake County Taxpayers Association."
Tata will speak at the WCTA meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. As for the rest of Tata's itinerary for Thursday and Friday, it's largely been kept under wraps.
School board chairman Ron Margiotta, who is organizing Tata's visit, has declined requests to turn over the itinerary, which is a public record. He's blaming it on the schedule not being finalized.
Margiotta said the holidays have delayed them locking down all the details of the two-day visit. He said he hopes to finalize the schedule today.
Margiotta says much of the schedule involves visiting schools and meeting with business leaders, elected officials, school district staff and the leadership of Wake NCAE. Tata is also scheduled to hold a press conference at Central Office at 4 p.m. Friday.