New Wake board may shake up assignment

November 22, 2011 9:44:24 AM PST
The newly elected Wake County school board members will not take office for another few weeks, but already some are calling for a review of the new student assignment plan.

They want the current board to schedule a work session for that review on Dec. 7 - one day after the swearing in ceremony for members of the new board majority.

"I am concerned with sort of the timing, hopefully it's not a Pearl Harbor Day surprise meeting where they're going to try to adjust the promise of stability and choice that we've offered families," School Board Vice-Chair John Tedesco said.

That's what critics thought Tedesco and the current board majority did the night they were sworn in.

"If we had the opportunity to do things differently maybe we would have not done so many things the first night, but I also wouldn't be doing things the next day as in what's looking to occur this time," Tedesco said.

The new majority members say asking for the work session now makes it clear to the public that most members of the new board are not satisfied with the plan.

"The reality is I don't see anyone at ease at the moment," School Board Member-Elect Jim Martin said. "We're not going to be at ease until we know we have a plan in place that's been looked at appropriately with the appropriate controls and that we've looked at costs and we know there's appropriate capacity."

Current board Chairman Ron Margiotta says what the new members do after they are sworn in is up to them, but he will reject that request to schedule a work session on Dec. 7.

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