Wake Ed

January 7, 2014

Wake County schools on teacher tenure and school design

Wake County school board members said they're concerned about the state's elimination of teacher tenure and the decision by county commissioners to withhold design money for school projects.

Here’s a quick recap of what’s happened so far at today’s Wake County school board meeting.

During the work session, staff briefed the board on a draft proposal to implement the new state law that eliminates teacher tenure and requires districts to offer four-year contracts with raises to 25 percent of their teachers. There was a lot of grumbling from the board that the new law will hurt teacher morale and teacher recruitment efforts.

Also during the work session, staff gave a presentation on how school sites are selected and schools are designed. Hanging over the presentation was the decision by Wake County Commissioners on Monday to withhold design money for schools.

The county’s action forced the school board to pull from the agenda a resolution requesting startup design funds. As the board approved three construction manager at risk contracts today, they said the county’s actions could delay the ability to open schools on schedule and to develop a multi-year assignment plan.

The board approved Green Level High School as the name for a school in Cary. The board approved Pine Hollow Middle School as the name for a school in northwest Raleigh.

Board members gave a plaque to former school board chairman Keith Sutton for his service. Sutton, who was ousted as chairman last month, said the award was a surprise.

Superintendent Jim Merrill announced he will hold events at schools where the public can voice their concerns to him.

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