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January 15, 2014

Wake Schools Superintendent to hold community meetings

Wake County Schools Superintendent Jim Merrill says the five “direct line” meetings will allow school employees, parents and the public to share with him their thoughts, concerns and priorities for the school system.

Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill will hold five community meetings for school employees, parents and the public “to share their thoughts, concerns, and priorities” for the school system.

Merrill, in a press release Wednesday, said the “Superintendent’s Direct Line” meetings are especially important at this time of the year because they’re working on the budget and other plans for the 2014-15 school year. The first meeting will take place next Thursday at East Wake High School, where speakers could raise concerns about the challenges facing that part of the county.

"I encourage everyone who cares about Wake schools to join us,” Merrill said. “This is a time to listen and let our community do the talking,”

The meetings will run from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. During the first 90 minutes, the time will be reserved for school employees to speak. After a 30-minute break, the final 90 minutes will be open to parents and the public.

Speakers will get three minutes and can only talk at one of the meetings. People can begin signing up to speak on-site at 4 p.m. People are asked not to discuss personnel issues or private student matters.

The events will be held Jan. 23 at East Wake High School in Wendell, Jan. 27 at Broughton High School in Raleigh, Jan. 29 at Panther Creek High School in Cary, Feb. 3 at Southeast Raleigh High School and Feb. 17 at Wakefield High School in Raleigh.

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