Wake County school board member Deborah Prickett and John Tedesco have had some heated moments with their board colleagues over the past four years, but that was largely put aside at their final meeting this week.
Both outgoing board members were given plaques thanking them for their service since 2009. Prickett and Tedesco were part of a Republican board majority that clashed with their Democratic colleagues who now are in charge about issues such as student assignment and who should be superintendent.
“It has been a pleasure,” school board Chairman Keith Sutton said. “I will certainly say it’s been a ride, a roller coaster ride to say the least. But I think we all have learned a lot. We have grown a lot, and I know that we have certainly done some good things for the students and families here in the Wake County Public School System.”
Like Sutton, board member Kevin Hill had fought and sometimes agreed with Prickett and Tedesco on issues over the past four years.
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“Regardless of when we’ve agreed or disagreed, we’ve all tried to serve the people of Wake County, and so I appreciate the time and dedication you’ve put into your positions,” Hill said.
Every board member expect Susan Evans, who has had multiple clashes with Prickett, thanked them at the meeting for their service.