The recent dustup over Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker's comments is raising questions again about a potential conflict of interest with his wife, Wake County school board member Anne McLaurin.
School board member Deborah Prickett, a lifelong Raleigh resident, called Meeker's comments "inappropriate" that the board majority are not from this area. She added that she's concerned now about Meeker's opposition to building a new high school in Rolesville instead of the Forest Ridge site in Northeast Raleigh.
Prickett raised concerns about how McLaurin receives confidential information about the H6 site during closed sessions. Prickett said she'd like to review the conflict of interest guidelines involving McLaurin and Meeker.
Wake GOP Chairman Claude Pope had also raised the issue in his press release last week on Meeker's comments.
Pope had said that Meeker's "views may represent a conflict of interest between his obligations to the city and his natural instincts as a husband."
But for McLaurin, who was elected to the school board in 2007, it's an issue she thought was long since resolved.
Back in 2007, McLaurin said she spoke with school board attorney Ann Majestic about the conflict of interest rules. McLaurin said Majestic told her that her serving on the board didn't by itself pose a conflict of interest.
McLaurin said there's been no conflicts of interest because she hasn't voted on things that would financially or personally benefit Meeker.
McLaurin said she's consider it a conflict of interest if Meeker had a different position than her and tried to get her to change her vote, or vice versa.
"He is doing what he believes is right," McLaurin said. "I'm doing what I believe is right. We generally agree, which I suppose is why we're still married after 30 years."
As for what's mentioned during closed sessions, McLaurin said she only discusses it with fellow school board members.