Wake County school board member Deborah Prickett was the lone person at the Jan. 8 meeting to praise fired Superintendent Tony Tata's for being named state Transportation Secretary.
Prickett said Tata "provided the quality leadership to make things happen" as superintendent. Prickett also said that "our loss in the Wake County school system is the gain of our great state."
Prickett also singled out for praise the appointment of Kieran Shanahan as the new state Secretary of Public Safety. Shananhan was hired by the former board majority for legal work such as drawing up the new school board district boundaries.
Here's Prickett's comments:
"Since no one else mentioned it, I was going to make sure to do this. I was thrilled to learn about Gen. Tata being selected for such as important position in the governor's cabinet: the Secretary of Transportation. His knowledge and experience and broad array of skills will be a definite asset to this position.
You remember that Gen. Tata brought great leadership to the school board. And he came to the school system with fresh effective initiatives and provided the quality leadership to make things happen. He listened to and he valued parents while becoming a household word.
He recognized significant gains in student achievement. He garnered relationships with businesses. He saved teachers' joss. He supported administration and staff members.
He brought new life to underenrolled schools. He worked with the divided board and he assisted in important legislation that impacted schools statewide, and wisely stretched our very lean budget. Our loss in the Wake County school system is the gain of our great state so I do want to say congratulations to Gen. Tata.
In addition, congratulations go out to a fantastic attorney, Kieran Shanahan, who Gov. McCrory chose to lead in his cabinet as Secretary of Public Safety. Mr. Shanahan has assisted the Wake County school system in many important cases and decisions and represented us well. He assisted with the redistricting efforts that we had in addition to many other important items through the years."