Wake Ed

January 24, 2014

Poor turnout at first Wake County superintendent’s forum

Only a few Wake County school employees and one parent spoke at Thursday’s forum held by Superintendent Jim Merrill.

Will the turnout get any better for the four remaining forums being held by Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill?

As noted in today’s article by Johnny Whitfield, few school employees and only one parent spoke at Thursday’s inaugural Superintendent’s Direct Line forum at East Wake High School. The forums are being billed as a way for people “to share their thoughts, concerns and priorities for the school system,” but not much was shared Thursday.

Not even the groups that have long pressed the school system for more resources for Eastern Wake mobilized for the event.

Merrill said that he wasn’t concerned about the low turnout:

“This is the first time we’ve done anything like this,” Merrill said. “I think we did a good job publicizing it, but we’ll go back and look at what we can do to get the word out more.”

The next test comes Monday when the second forum is held at Broughton High School in Raleigh.

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