Wake County school board chairman Ron Margiotta has finally got the rest of the board to back his request to not have board members hear transfer appeals.
At Margiotta's urging today, board members on both factions backed his proposal to have staff serve as hearing officers. Board members would still make the final decision on each appeal but they wouldn't have to sit through the hours of hearings with parents.
Margiotta has been pushing this idea for years. In the past he's suggested having former board members act as hearing officers. This time it will be staff.
A lot of the details still need to be worked out, such as which employees will hear the appeals.
Thousans of families request transfers each year. Around 1,000 go on to file appeals.
Historically, the board is split into two-member panels to hear the appeals. Parents make their two-minute pitch to the panel. Margiotta again likened it to attending a wake.
The panel would then make a recommendation to the full board, which would vote on each request.
Under this new system, the staff member serving as hearing officer would hear the appeal and make a recommendation to the board.
Hearing days, usually held in June and July, have stretched all day. Under the new system, the board would only have to show up at the end of the day after the hearings are held to hear the recommendations and vote.