Leaders from Wake County's two highest elected boards will hold a joint meeting next month, signaling a likely improvement of relations between the bodies.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners and school board will hold a joint meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 26. School board Chairwoman Christine Kushner, who was re-elected to a new one-year term on Tuesday, said the meeting was requested by commissioners.
Democrats now hold a 7-0 majority on the commission following last month's election. The prior Republican majority had fought with the school board's Democratic majority on funding issues while the Democratic commissioners said they'd look at providing more education dollars.
School board members said it's significant that commissioners initiated the meeting.
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"I hope that the public is fully aware that we as a board are extremely conscious that pocketbooks are not just overflowing with money," said school board vice chairman Tom Benton, who was also re-elected Tuesday to a one-year term. "There are lots and lots of needs in Wake County, lots of areas.
But we are looking forward to having significant discussions about the issues that we have as a school system, about the issues and the desires of our community to have one of the top systems in the entire country and how do we work together to get there."