Kushner elected new chair of Wake School Board


In the past, the board was known for not always seeing eye-to-eye and being very vocal about it, but even with all the changes, the group is pledging to come together peacefully.

After swearing new board members Tom Benton, Bill Fletcher, Zora Felton and Monika Johnson-Hostler, Christine Kushner was elected as chairwoman over Keith Sutton by a 7 to 2 vote.

Before trading seats with Kushner, Sutton spoke to his fellow board members and the community.

"I hope that I have made you proud in my work as chair, and those of you here in support, I just ask that you trust God, and we've gotten this far by faith, thank you very much," said Sutton.

It was a warm goodbye from the crowd as a new leader settles in. Kushner says the vote caused no hard feelings.

"I've talked to Mr. Sutton about leadership in the last week," said Kushner. "We did discuss things. We are moving forward. It's not about one person. It's about a board of nine coming together around the issues that we're facing."

Also on the agenda Tuesday was student assignment. The group voted to keep the same plan in place. However, with 14 new schools in the works for the next few years, the group asked to be more involved with Wake County staff in revisiting the assignment plan in the future.

The board also discussed a 5.5 acre land parcel it has for sale on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. An offer to purchase was made was by a credit union for $6.8 million. Another company now has 10 days to put in a bid at five percent more plus $50 dollars.

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