Wake Ed

Wake County school board starting two-day retreat

Wake County school board members will spend 16 hours together over the next two days getting to know one another better while trying to deal with some of the challenges facing the state’s largest school system.

The agenda for the two-day retreat contains a mix of different issues ranging from board issues to system issues. They’ll meet both as a full board and in small groups.

David Forbes, a sociologist, teacher, preacher and civil rights leader, will be the facilitator for the retreat at White Deer Park Nature Center in Garner. Forbes was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in October.

Systemwide topics will include the strategic plan, the high school graduation rate, academic achievement gaps, K-12 literacy and the employee climate after recent legislative changes such as phasing out teacher tenure. A potentially interesting topic is the “hot button issues” time on Friday set aside for things not being discussed elsewhere at the retreat.

They’ll also deal with board-specific issues such as the roles of the superintendent and the board, communications between the superintendent and board and teambuilding.