Wake school board considers moving meetings

February 10, 2010 9:36:55 AM PST
Members of the Wake County School Board Policy Committee discussed a proposal Wednesday to move some school board meetings to different schools around the district.

Supporters said spreading meetings around would give the public greater access to attend and offer public comment.

There would likely be additional costs involved for security personnel and additional school staff needed while the school building is in use.

The committee also considered whether they should change the times of board meetings so more working parents would be able to attend.

Meetings currently begin at 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Public comment is scheduled for 4 p.m. - typically before the board considers action items (items up for a vote).

The committee talked about possibly pushing meetings to begin at 4 p.m. with public comment at 5 p.m.

The full school board would have to approve any changes. They may consider making a temporary change through the end of this year to see how well it works.

No vote on diversity policy

The Policy Committee also decided it wasn't going to vote on making any changes to the school district's controversial diversity policy Wednesday.

Instead, they're going o look at it word for word to see what should be changed, and what should be protected.

There are some things new board members want changed - like giving parents a choice of where their child goes to school instead of busing kids across the county to create a diverse population.

Other board members say diversity is key to student success. They're trying to come up with a compromise that would keep schools diverse while keeping kids close to home.

All board members seem to want to make sure that children who need the most help get it. Their discussion will continue over the next two weeks.

Parents attending the meeting Wednesday told ABC11 they're glad the board is not rushing to make changes and that they are taking their time since this is something that impacts all 140,000 students in the district.

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