Turnout increases at second Wake County Superintendent’s Forum

Posted by T. Keung Hui on January 28, 2014 

The turnout was a lot better at Broughton High School on Monday for Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill’s “Direct Line” forum than was the case last week at East Wake High School.

Here’s reporter Sarah Barr’s account of Monday’s forum:

Wake Superintendent Jim Merrill had a few more calls to answer during Monday's "direct line" open forum at Broughton High School, compared with a similar meeting held last week.

About 25 people showed up to the first portion of the forum for Wake schools employees while nearly 50 did during an evening sessions for parents and the public. Last week's forum at East Wake High School drew only a handful of people.

Eight teachers and 16 members of the public stepped up to the microphone Monday to share their ideas, concerns – and in a few cases, praise – for the school system.

Teachers had concerns about everything from coaching pay to PowerSchools, though most of their comments focused on making sure teachers have enough time to truly teach, as opposed to testing or other commitments.

Parents spoke about issues from incorporating a Chinese immersion program into the system to Broughton's International Baccalaureate program. Several voiced concerns about the Common Core curriculum and testing.

Merrill took notes during the meeting but did not speak with each participant. He said he wanted to hear from as many people as possible and consider ways their ideas can be incorporated into the system's planning.

The remaining meetings in the series are Wednesday evening at Panther Creek High School and Monday evening at Southeast Raleigh High School. The sessions for WCPSS employees begin at 4:30 p.m. The sessions for parents and the public begin at 6:30 p.m.

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