Wake County school officials have locked down today the dates and locations for the five public hearings on the 2011-12 student reassignment plan.
Hearings will be held Jan. 10 at Cary High, Jan. 11 at Millbrook High in North Raleigh, Jan. 13 at Heritage High in Wake Forest, Jan. 19 at Southeast Raleigh High and Jan. 20 at Garner High. The hearings will begin at 6 p.m.
The question is whether it's worth it for the public to go. For at least some school board members, the answer is no.
During Tuesday's school board work session, board member Deborah Prickett expressed her anger and frustration over vice chairwoman Debra Goldman joining with the "minority" members to block consideration of the moves proposed at the Nov. 30 student assignment committee meeting.
Prickett said that excluding those moves from consideration means she didn't "see a need or a purpose for those parents (in those nodes) to attend these meetings." "Why bother," she added.
"What's the purpose of anybody coming?" Prickett said.
Board member Keith Sutton responded "that's not for us to determine."
Board member Anne McLaurin added "that's for them to decide."
Prickett didn't let the issue die there.
"If you even advocate for your neighborhood if your in one of these nodes you know that it's not going to be even considered," Prickett said. "That's what we said. We've just taken away the rights of many people in Wake County just a minute ago. The rights are gone of those individuals."
Board member Carolyn Morrison responded "they can still come."
"They can come but what use is it?" Prickett said. "Their voice is not going to be heard. Every inch of the county's voice is not going to be heard as you've just requested and you voted no along with some other board members."
Prickett made those last few remarks as she looked directly at Goldman.
Board chairman Ron Margiotta added that "we have a board that's unwilling to listen."
To keep the argument from continuing to degenerate, Margiotta proceeded to ask staff to continue the presentation on the assignment plan.