Wake school board’s government relations committee holding first meeting

Posted by T. Keung Hui on March 24, 2014 

The Wake County school board’s Government Relations Committee kicks off its first meeting today as it plans what it will be doing in the busy months ahead.

The committee was formed to try to improve relations with other government bodies in North Carolina, particularly the General Assembly and the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Agenda topics today include reviewing the function and purpose of the committee, discussing the plan for legislative outreach and discussing the status of the Legislative Affairs Liaison and Lobbyist

The school board had voted last year to pay up to $60,000 for Courtney Crowder to be the legislative liaison and for Theresa Kostrzewa’s firm to be the lobbyist. They helped lobby the General Assembly into not approving the bill turning over school construction authority to the commissioners.

Items this year will include lobbying for changes in the state law requiring school districts offer new contracts with pay raises to 25 percent of teachers in return for them giving up tenure rights.

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