The Wake County Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council (SPAC) is going away, but school officials say it’s because other methods are being used to communicate with families.
SPAC was formed in 2004 by Superintendent Bill McNeal to serve as a sounding board. But the council had met less frequently after Del Burns resigned as superintendent in 2010, according to Tim Simmons, Wake’s chief communications officer.
Instead of continuing a body that rarely met, Simmons said Superintendent Jim Merrill opted to focus on strengthening communications with other existing parent groups. Simmons cited how Merrill regularly attends school board advisory council meetings.
Simmons also cited how Merrill created the “ask a superintendent” option. Parents can email their questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Simmons said they receive as many as 12 emails a day.