School board shakeup isn't over yet

October 7, 2009 5:40:47 PM PDT
Wake County School Board elections Tuesday night showed a consistent theme. Candidates supporting neighborhood schools won big.Four of Wake County's school board seats were up for grabs.

When all the votes were counted, Chris Malone got 58 percent of the vote in District 1 - meaning he'll avoid a November run-off. Deborah Prickett got a solid 64 percent in District 7, and Debra Goldman picked up 58 percent in District 9.

The only community school candidate who failed to win outright was John Tedesco in District 2 who got 49 percent to his closest challenger, Cathy Truitt's 24 percent.

On Wednesday, Truitt announced she does want to participate in a run-off race in November.

Both candidates are for neighborhood schools, although Truitt has said she would like to promote diversity in ways other than busing.

Click here to read more about the battle and election results

If community schools supporters can win all four seats, those new board members are expected to team up with existing board member Ron Margiotta to gain a 5 to 4 majority in major policy decisions.

Two of the newly elected members, Prickett and Goldman, told Eyewitness News Wednesday that they are looking forward to leading the charge in the school system's new direction.

"The voices of the people have been heard loudly, screaming, in yesterday's election with these results," Goldman said.

Goldman said she was one of the parents who were upset with school reassignments.

"Without packing a box you could be moved over and over again," she said.

"I think it's just wrong to do that to children," Prickett added. "Lots of children are on the bus way too long during the day that could be time used for academics, family time, and other things."

The new school board members will hold their first meeting in December.

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