Wake Ed

Wake County school board replaces Keith Sutton as chairman

The Wake County school board dumped Keith Sutton as chairman on Tuesday in favor of Christine Kushner, a move that could have political ramifications in the African-American community.

Kushner, who had been vice chairwoman for the past year, received seven votes to Sutton’s two votes. Sutton received the votes of himself and Monika Johnson-Hostler, the board’s two African-American members.

“It‘s not about one person,” Kushner said in interviews after the vote. “It’s about us coming together as a board.”

Kushner didn‘t elaborate on why the majority wanted to replace Sutton. whose tenure saw the passage of a school bond issue and the hiring of a new superintendent.

During comments at the meeting, Kushner and other board members thanked Sutton for his service. Kushner also said that the nine board members shouldn’t be expected to agree on everything.

Sutton asked his supporters to “trust God.”

“I have I hoped serve both you and the community well and made you proud,” Sutton said after the vote.

Tom Benton was unanimously elected vice chairman.