Can Wake School Board members work together?

October 3, 2012 2:52:48 PM PDT
Many people are asking if Wake County School Board members can work together. That question comes after a highly contentious meeting that drew the anger of some parents.

"It was beyond tense. It was shocking to me what is coming out of some of these board members mouths," said board member Debra Goldman.

Goldman said the growing tension between Democrats and Republicans on the board is very frustrating.

"It's toxic. My stomach is in knots when I have to go in there wondering what am I, what's going to be sprung onto me next," said Goldman.

Last week, the board majority voted to fire Superintendent Tony Tata and the Tuesday, board members got an earful from angry parents who questioned the decision.  

The board appears to remain divided along political lines and Goldman said working together is getting more difficult.

"How do you work with that when you feel that you don't even have a say," Goldman asked. "They talk over you. They insult you. There are attempts at intimidation. There are ugly words that are spewed and that's just in public."

"We are elected to work together as a board of education," said school board chairman Kevin Hill.

Hill said he's not surprised by what he saw in Tuesday night's meeting, since they are in the middle of big changes.  His hope, as chairman, is that both sides will come together.

"We're nine board members," said Hill. "We need to be accountable for our behaviors and not just blame it on politics."

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