Wake Ed

Wake County school board and commissioners expect better relations at joint meeting

Wake County school board members insist it won't be Kumbaya on Monday, but the joint meeting with the county Board of Commissioners should be far less contentious than when they've been in the same room the past few years.

The days of the Democratic-led school board and former Republican commission majority calling each other names, of meetings being adjourned to stop the bickering and arguing in front of the cameras after meetings ended are likely over. With Democrats now in complete control of the county commission, it's been a mutual admiration society since the fall elections.

When they meet Monday they'll try to lay the groundwork of what they'll both do in 2015.

Agenda topics include presentations on the school board's new strategic plan, the effect of growth on school site selection and design, a proposal to form a committee to address municipal growth issues, the financial issues facing both boards and the legislative agendas for both bodies.

School board Chairwoman Christine Kushner said PNC Arena's Club East Meeting Room was chosen for the meeting because of the expected large turnout of elected officials, staffs for both boards, media and general public.