Commissioners consider changes to school board seats

January 22, 2013 3:44:08 PM PST
The way Wake County school board members are elected could be changing.

Right now, they come from different districts but soon they could all come from one part of the county.

Tuesday, Wake County commissioners voted to get rid of those district lines for the voters.

Commissioners said the reason behind the change is to give voters more control over electing more than one person to sit on the board that makes decisions for your children.

"With the school board right now, they just live in their districts and they just run in their districts," said Wake County Commissioner Phil Matthews, of District 2. "So they're sensitive probably to issues that are just in their generic area. If they run countywide, they'll have to travel all over the county."

In the end, it came down to a 4-3 vote. So commissioners changed the language to keep the seats as five districts and four at-large seats.

Which districts will be affected still needs to be worked out.

Some Democrats have said they worry it could be a power grab. However, with a Republican super-majority in the legislature, the outcome may be a foregone conclusion.

The proposal now has to be submitted to lawmakers for the next session.

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