Wake County Commissioner Phil Matthews is urging people to show up at Monday's school board meeting to rally behind Superintendent Tony Tata.
"Attention Everyone!!" Matthews posted today on his Facebook page. "Rumor is the new liberal school board members are going to try to terminate Superintendent Tony Tata on Monday at their 12:30 at a closed session! They are using a lame excuse about buses to get rid of him. Everyone needs to show up at the meeting in Cary to show their support.
He is a good friend, and is doing an outstanding job. I will take his firing personally so I am now "on record"!! Pass this on to everyone you know and contact your school board members to show your concern!"
Today's post from Matthews is an amplification of an earlier Facebook post that was blogged about Friday. The Facebook post caused the Hilburn Drive Academy PTA to send out letters Friday urging parents to back Tata, which in turn led to all the television stations doing news stories.
The board meeting is in the board's conference room so they'll kick the public out before going into closed session. The board is allowed to go into closed session to discuss "confidential personnel maters," including potentially whether or not to get rid of Tata.
School board member Chris Malone said that Tata still enjoys the support of all the Republican board members. But Malone acknowledged that the bus problems have left Tata more vulnerable to critics, particularly from supporters of the Democratic board members like Great Schools in Wake who say he should be relieved of his duties.