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Time for Wake School Board to take a step back

Here are some things we know after last night’s School Board election in Wake County:

1- The current Board should halt its current ill-conceived reassignment plan. It would be absurd, mean-spirited and wasteful to ram it through only weeks before a new Board under new leadership takes over.

2- There will be a new direction for the Board, Right-wing challenger Heather Losurdo has no chance to overhaul incumbent Kevin Hill – who stands only 40 or so votes short of 50% in a four-person race. A runoff will be expensive and a waste of time. Losurdo would do her community a great service by dropping any call for a runoff.

3- The Board will meet again this Thursday the 13th. It seems likely that concerned residents will be out yet again in large numbers to call upon lame duck chair Ron Margiotta and his cohorts to show a little class and decencyby taking their foot off of the accelerator.

 4- With respect to #2 and #3, no one’s holding their breath.

5 Comments

  1. jlp75

    October 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I agree, the people have spoken. With voter turnout around double the last school board election I would say they have their true mandate now. Their agenda has been rejected.

  2. JeffS

    October 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Rob, you’ve taken to criticizing Tata’s plan frequently lately, though I’ve seen little about what you actually find offensive about it – other than just not understanding it.

    Personally, I find his goal of achievement balancing to be a much more admirable goal than either the location or diversity proponents. It’s really only the random oddity, single sex schools for example, that I find odd.

    JLP75… I’m not a fan of the “mandate” talk. This is the reasoning the current board used to justify their bad behavior. There is no mandate, and whoever is in control needs to remember that they are there only by a slim majority. I would like to see an effort to consider everyone involved, even if many parents are incapable of doing the same.

  3. jlp75

    October 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

    JeffS,

    I don’t believe in a mandate either. I was simply mocking the current board for believing they had some sort of mandate by winning an election that no one was paying attention to in 2009.

  4. Eunice

    October 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Well spoken Jeff !

  5. MH

    October 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

    “Right-wing challenger Heather Losurdo has no chance to overhaul incumbent Kevin Hill – who stands only 40 or so votes short of 50% in a four-person race. ”

    What about the number of voters for the other two Republicans in this race combined with Losurdo’s camp? Are they enough to oust Hill? Art Pope & Co. will throw all their weight behind this one runoff. We need to do all we can to stop them from having the last laugh.