You still might have a chance to line up a visit this week with new Wake County Superintendent Anthony Tata.
As noted in Friday's article by Thomas Goldsmith, Tata will speak with the Wake County Taxpayers Association while he's in town this week. But school board chairman Ron Margiotta, who is organizing Tata's itinerary, said today that he's nowhere near completing the schedule for the rest of the Thursday and Friday trip.
Some events are being combined in order to fit interested parties on Tata's schedule, Margiotta said. He also said that a press conference planned as part of Tata's schedule will probably take place Friday.
One group that apparently won't be on the list is the Great Schools in Wake Coalition. But that's because the group didn't ask to be added, according to GSIW chairwoman Yevonne Brannon. She said that Tata's schedule this week will be packed and GSIW will have plenty of time to meet with him later on.
The Wake County Taxpayers Association is trumpeting Tata's visit, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Barbecue Lodge, 4600 Capital Blvd. in North Raleigh. WCTA says that people who intend to eat should show up at 5:30 p.m.
Tim Simmons, VP of communications for the Wake Education Partnership, says the WEP won't hold a separate meeting with Tata this week because several of its leaders will be part of other meetings with the new superintendent.
Simmons also said they'll also help out with the Jan. 14 reception for Tata that's being sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.