Speakers will once again have three minutes each during the public comment section at Wake County school board meetings.
School board chairman Kevin Hill said he'd institute the change starting in January. It came after new school board member Jim Martin said giving three minutes would be a "gesture of good listening" as he also noted that speakers at Wake County commissioner meetings get three minutes.
Former board chairman Ron Margiotta had cut the time to two minutes in 2010, saying it would let the board hear from more speakers during the lengthy public comment sessions. Margiotta kept it at at two minutes even after the numbers dwindled for public comment.
One test for the new board majority will be what happens when large crowds show up to speak. Will the board extend public comments past 30 minutes or tell remaining speakers to go at the end of the meeting? The old board went both ways.