Tuesday's Wake County school board meeting will include the swearing in of new Superintendent Tony Tata, a state of the system address by school board chairman Ron Margiotta and the vote on the 2011-12 student reassignment plan.
Things kick off at 4 p.m. with N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough giving the oath of office to Tata. The Rev. Marion Robinson, pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Raleigh, will give the invocation.
Tata had met with African American leaders who support the diversity policy earlier this month at St. Matthew.
Next comes the reception, which runs until 5:30 p.m. School board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman told board members that Tata is "low maintenance" and didn't want the board to make a big to do about his swearing in.
No dollar estimates are in but Michael Evans, Wake's chief of communications, said it would be a "simple affair." He said that Child Nutrition Services will cater the event with funding coming from the board line item for meals at their meetings.
Some fairly elaborate events were held when Bill McNeal and Del Burns were sworn in. But the economy is a lot tougher now.
The swearing-in ceremony is open to the public and should draw a big crowd. Board members went out of their way to not schedule a work session before the swearing in.
Once the regular meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., Margiotta will give the state of the system address. Public comment will follow at 6 p.m.
During the meeting, the board will vote on the bulk of the 2011-12 student reassignment plan.
The agenda also include a vote on allowing an additional $25,000 be added to the amount that attorney Kieran Shanahan can bill the school system. Evans said that Shanahan's law firm is reaching the $25,000 limit that was set in an contract approved Aug. 10.
Tuesday's vote will allow additional money to be spent in the possibility of future consultation and potential pending litigation.
Shanahan has most recently been advising the school board on the accreditation fight with AdvancED.