Wake School Board future unclear as Goldman resigns

February 1, 2013 8:15:39 PM PST
State Board of Elections records show that Wake County School Board member Debra Goldman registered to vote last week in Wilkes County - west of Winston Salem.

That means she can no longer serve on the school board

Goldman confirmed she has resigned in a text message to ABC11 Friday. She said she had emailed a resignation letter to the board and planned to hold a news conference Sunday.

WCPSS provided a copy of Goldman's resignation letter to ABC11:

Dear Fellow Board Members and Leadership Team,
It is a very exciting time in my life right now.  I have accepted a position with a nonprofit and am thrilled about it.  Sadly, I will be transitioning out of the Wake County area, and will need to tender my resignation from the Board of Education.  It is with a heavy heart that I do this, as I have enjoyed representing my constituents.  I will share the details of my new venture with you very soon!  I will need to speak with our legal representation to determine how to "officially" resign, and when I will need to make it effective.
Thank you all so much for your continued support and encouragement!

Goldman unsuccessfully ran for state auditor last year.

During the campaign, a report surfaced that appeared to link her romantically to fellow board member Chris Malone.

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Goldman denied the allegations.

Malone has also left the board after successfully winning a seat in the state house in the November election.

With Goldman's departure, the remaining school board members will fill the two vacant seats. As Democrats control the board, it's likely they'll solidify their advantage.

Malone's spot will be up for discussion next week.

"This coming Tuesday, we will be replacing that board member, likely a Democrat," said board member John Tedesco. "So, we will go from what has now become a 5-4 Democrat board to a 6-3 board and with her announcement we'll be down to two."

Now with Goldman out, the question is whether her empty seat will add to the Democratic weight on the board or slightly tip to the scale for Republicans?

"How that unfolds or how the board chooses, I can't speak to that right now," said School Board Chairman Keith Sutton.

Either way, Tedesco said it would be helpful to have a few more moderate voices on the board for big decisions they have coming up.

"We are replacing a superintendent in the next few months," said Tedesco. "We are also building a new assignment plan."

Overall, members said her passion will be missed.

Goldman plans to discuss her reasons for resigning and her new job in a news conference on Sunday in Raleigh.

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