Wake School Board fielding concerns

December 5, 2009 12:39:16 AM PST
Three days after the first meeting for the new Wake County School Board, criticism is still raining down on new board members who moved quickly to act on campaign promises.Tuesday was the new board majority's first meeting.

"I think it was a little more of shock and awe initially," new Wake County board member John Tedesco said.

The new board voted to review their attorney, review the diversity policy and stop spending money to build a new high school.

Many of the agenda items were last minute add-ons.

Since that contentious first meeting, the new board majority has taken a beating. They have been accused of ramrodding an agenda and breaking open meeting rules.

During a sleepy mid-day orientation Friday for new board members, one new member said the initial criticism is way over-blown.

"Nothing of major substance went through the other night in terms of the year-round stuff," Tedesco said. "What did we do, we asked for a survey."

But at the board orientation, parents showed up and said they were still suspicious.

"I do have a problem with hasty decisions and private meetings," parent Jonica Rowland said.

Tedesco says a new majority was elected to act.

"I'm not too concerned about getting scolded by a reporter or two when I've had hundreds of emails just since the last 48 hours saying, 'Wow, you guys did it. Thank you so much for finally having elected officials who do what they promise,'" Tedesco said.

And more changes are likely. He said a vote to end mandatory year round schools could come in three to six months.

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