Wake investigating Enloe over school board electioneering

Staff writerSeptember 30, 2011 

— Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata said today that an investigation has been launched into whether an Enloe High School teacher improperly solicited support for two school board candidates on a school-linked club website.

Tata said they had shut down a link on Enloe’s Key Club website soliciting campaign volunteers for school board candidates Susan Evans and Jim Martin. He said using a school website to advertise for specific candidates is improper and that the Human Resources Department is investigating whether the club’s advisor knew about the posting.

Tata did not name the advisor. He said the investigation is ongoing.

Enloe has been a hotbed for opposition to the school board majority’s elimination of the diversity policy last year. Enloe students, parents and teachers have spoken up at board meetings and protests against the change in the assignment policy.

Both Evans and Martin support the old diversity policy. Martin has children attending Enloe. Evans’ daughters graduated from Enloe.

Tata said he has repeatedly sent messages to school employees warning them about what school board policy says about electioneering. He said it’s appropriate for staff and students to participate in elections but not to use school resources to do so.

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