Bob Williams: Districts would be large

April 7, 2013 

New districts

would be large

Senate Bill 325 would bring major changes to the Wake County Board of Education.

The bill says nothing about students, school programs or financing. It is about seats for the board of education: politics in the schools.

The bill would create two types of districts. Seven seats would be filled by a representative from an area, numbered 1-7. The other two seats would be from lettered districts. Think of the county as a doughnut: District A is the doughnut; District B is the hole. This is reminiscent of when there were separate Raleigh City Schools.

Voters would vote for a candidate in a numbered district and a candidate in a lettered district. The sponsor has said that every voter would have at least one board member from his/her area. Maybe not. District A includes parts of eight municipalities, plus additional unincorporated areas. It would be possible for a board member to not be familiar with parts of his/her area, much less its schools.

My numbered district extends from the Durham County line, south through Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, and then swings up past Wake Tech to U.S. 70 in Garner. Both of my board members could live next door to each other.

The proposed board districts are too large. The maps show evidence of gerrymandering. I oppose SB 325.

Bob Williams


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