A Raleigh Board of Adjustment member involved in the Oakwood modernist house controversy will not have another term.
The Raleigh City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to reject the reappointment of Ted Shear, who voted to overturn the Historic Development Commission’s approval of the home.
Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin had voiced hesitation about reappointing Shear, an N.C. State University forestry professor who has long been active in city politics. On Tuesday, Baldwin said she voted not to reappoint “in light of” the legal battle that recently ended in victory for the new home’s owners.
Only Councilman Russ Stephenson voted for Shear, saying that the council should wait for the appeal of the lawsuit to conclude. Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Councilwoman Kay Crowder were absent.
“I’m just disheartened that Ms. Baldwin has decided that she’s not willing to wait for the full due process,” Stephenson said. Baldwin took offense, saying Stephenson had made the matter “personal.”
The council unanimously reappointed Board of Adjustment member Brian Williams, who had not voted on the house matter. A second empty slot was left for new councilwoman Kay Crowder’s potential nomination.
Wake looks to raise money
Wake County school administrators are looking at how they may be able to fund additional pay raises in response to complaints that this year’s state budget was unfair to veteran teachers and support staff.
School board members have complained that the state budget gives some veteran teachers raises of 2 percent or less while less experienced teachers got bigger raises. The budget also gives school support staff – people such as bus drivers, cafeteria workers and teacher assistants – a $500 increase, while state employees are getting a $1,000 increase.
David Neter, Wake’s chief business officer, told the board this week that administrators want to use the district’s fund balance to create a special projects reserve that would pay for raises and other items.
Neter also said they may recommend that some of the $3.75 million set aside by the Wake County Board of Commissioners this year for teacher raises be targeted at teachers who got smaller state raises.
School board vice chairman Tom Benton said he wants every teacher to get at least a 3 percent raise this year, something Neter said they’ve heard “loud and clear.”
“I think all of us in education have found it downright offensive the way our experienced teachers have been treated in this budget cycle,” said Benton, a career educator.
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