New Wake Co. school board members meet

November 16, 2009 7:30:24 AM PST
For the first time since they were elected, the four newest members of the Wake County School Board met this weekend to celebrate their victories. They were all voted in on a wave of dissatisfaction with the forced bussing policy in Wake County, and it is likely that policy will change with them on the board.

The four new members say they will hold together as a block to make the priority of neighborhood schools a reality.

"I think you'll see us vote as a block on most issues," said Chris Malone, a Board member-elect.

Malone says he expects the group will hold together on other issues as well. From not building a high school on Forestville Road, to doing away with "wacky Wednesdays," where kids get out of school early.

"You have to be considerate and thorough and know what you're doing as you're going along," Malone said.

But Debra Goldman says - do not look for the group to always vote as a block.

"The only decisions that I make will be my independent vote," said Goldman, also a Board member-elect.

One thing they will definitely do together is be sworn in. That happens December 1st.

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