It looks like Wake County school board chairman Kevin Hill came up with a way tonight to reduce incidents between board members.
Before the start of the student assignment public hearing, school board member Debra Goldman said she wanted to address the crowd now because Hill has told board members not to talk to the crowd during the meeting. Goldman welcomed parents to the meeting in her distirct and let them know she can relate to them because she too has gone through reassignment in Wake.
This practice of not talking to the public is similar to how assignment hearings have traditionally gone. In Hill's absence Wednesday, board members talked to the crowd after the hearing ended, culminating with the microphone incident between board members Deborah Prickett and Susan Evans.
As the hearing started, Hill reminded the speakers that the meeting was designed as a public hearing and not for public engagement.
There were 50 speakers signed up for tonight's hearing but only around 30 actually talked. There were about 85 people at Davis Drive Middle School's auditorium.
The start of the hearing was delayed 20 minutes because board member Jim Martin was stuck in traffic, keeping a quorum from being present. The other members here tonight were Hill, Evans, Goldman and Christine Kushner.