Bob Williams: Commissioners’ full plate

May 20, 2013 

A full plate

Sen. Neal Hunt is the sponsor of Senate Bill 236, which would transfer responsibility for the construction, renovation and maintenance of schools from the Wake County Board of Education to the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

Part of the reported rationale for this is to give the school board more time to spend on education issues. The design and maintenance of schools are education issues.

One might think that the commissioners have time on their hands to add this to their responsibilities. The website for Wake County government shows that the commissioners already have budget and oversight responsibility for 34 departments and divisions.

Five of the larger units are the Board of Elections, the libraries, the Register of Deeds Office, the Revenue Department and the Sheriff’s Office. All are important functions. In addition, the commissioners already control the allocation of local funds to the schools.

Given that Hunt is also the co-sponsor of SB 325, which will redraw the districts represented by the members of the Wake County Board of Education, a clear example of gerrymandering, it is hard to believe that he cares one whit about the welfare of the students in the Wake’s schools.

Bob Williams

Fuquay-Varina

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