Wake commissioners want at-large school board elections, ownership of schools

Staff writerJanuary 22, 2013 

The Wake County Board of Commissioners will vote this afternoon on making at-large school board elections and a change in who owns the schools part of their 2013 State Legislative Agenda.

Commissioners want local legislation making a majority of Wake County school board members be elected on at-large basis. This change could have major ramifications on the school board, where all nine members are elected by district.

Commissioners also wants the authority to own school sites and facilities that are purchased by the school system. In a related issue, the legislative agenda also includes a request for legislation that would allow the county to provide funds for charter schoools to build their facilities.

Commissioners have long wanted at-large school board elections and control of school property. The difference now is that commissioners could succeed with Republicans controlling the General Assembly and the governor's mansion.

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