It looks like observers on both the left and right agree that the staff is not exactly the friend of the new Wake County school board majority.
In the latest issue of the Independent, a liberal weekly, Bob Geary talks about how the new board majority and the staff aren't aligned in their goals. Geary cites the "painstaking negotiations" that the board and staff went through last week during the development of the parental survey on year-round schools.
"The staff is unlikely help them as the board majority tries to alter a system that's a national model—and a bargain at costing only $8,000-a-year per student—and replace it with 'neighborhood schools,'" Geary writes.
Members of the new board have talked about how they want to work with existing staff. At last week's meeting, school board member John Tedesco denied the rumors that they're hiring attorney Thomas Farr to build a case for firing Supt. Del Burns.
Also in Geary's column, he's redefining the term mandatory year-round. He says "under existing policy, 'mandatory' year-round assignments are rare" because few of the students who've applied for traditional-calendar seats have been denied.
It's in line with the talk that mandatory year-round is the same as mandatory traditional.
But as critics of MYR will note, until the calendar conversions in 2007 the vast majority of students at year-rounds were voluntary application students.