Anticipation is growing on when legislation will be introduced in the General Assembly to turn over school ownership to county commissioners and to change the way the Wake County school board is elected.
Both pending bills hung over Thursday's joint meeting of the Wake County school board and county commissioners. Joe Bryan, chairman of the commissioners, said the school ownership fight has now become a statewide issue with several other counties also interested in using the legislation.
“This decision will be decided hopefully within the next month or two at the legislature," Bryan said. "They will make the decision whether this model is better than what exists today.”
Bryan said that once the bill is introduced they'll have more details on how the change in school ownership originally requested by Wake commissioners would work.
During the joint meeting, County Manager David Cooke said they're recommending Oct. 8 for the school bond referendum because more election precincts will be open that day than on Nov. 5. The more precincts that are open, the less the county has to provide in additional funding to open and staff sites that day.
Cooke noted that on Oct. 8 municipal elections for Raleigh and Cary and the school board are scheduled for that day. School board member John Tedesco quipped "maybe."
Tedesco is alluding how it's possible that changes requested by commissioners in school board elections could result in this year's contests being postponed. In that scenario, where at least some of the board seats would be made at-large, the elections could be moved to even-numbered years.
During the meeting, school board member Tom Benton complained they don't know how the new school board election bill would work.
(As a reminder, I'm off this week and won't be responding to questions until next week. I've got a few posts to cover this week.)