There is a reason why Wake County school board member Debra Goldman has brought rubber ducks with her to the last two board meetings.
At the Dec. 3 public hearing, Paula King, a Cary parent, brought a duck with her to the podium as she urged the board to change the student assignment plan. She talked to the board about lining up their ducks in a row.
"All we're asking is that you give a duck or two," King said to laughs from the audience.
The board didn't agree to King's request to make Davis Drive Elementary the base school for MacArthur Park. But the board did drop changing the neighborhood's year-round calendar option from Salem Middle to East Cary Middle.
King's example inspired Goldman to bring nine ducks with her to the Dec. 4 board meeting. Board member John Tedesco was the only one who accepted Goldman's offer to take a duck.
"There are nine ducks here and I would like to offer them to any board members that would like them and so in the spirit of her words, and John has already asked me for one, because I know that John does give a duck," Goldman said.
The now eight ducks were back in front of Goldman at her board seat on Tuesday before the vote on the assignment plan.
“As one of the people said that attended our public hearing last week, we’ve got to make decisions as if they’re affecting each of our families directly," Goldman said. "And I intend to continue to do that. And her other comment was about keeping our ducks in a row so I brought the ducks again tonight as a reminder as we go forward to keep those ducks in a row."
Goldman then brought up the speech that school board chairman Keith Sutton made earlier in the meeting about the need for board members to get their act together.
"And Keith you said something when you were speaking as we started and I wrote it down," Goldman said. "And Keith Sutton said, 'As leadership team, the buck stops at this table.'
So Mr. Sutton I agree with you with one small tweak — emphasis on the word tweak — and that is that the duck stops here."