The Wake County School Board finally made a decision on something. They’ve filled the vacancy on the board left by Debra Goldman.
A past member of the Wake County School Board has been selected to fill Goldman’s empty seat. Fletcher will represent District nine. Fletcher served on the board previously from 1993-2005 and was elected to the board with six of the eight members voting for him. Fletcher will serve out the remainder of Goldman’s term, ending this November.
CARY, N.C. -The Wake County School Board of Education appointed Bill Fletcher to the open seat from district 9 Saturday.
Fletcher previously served on the board from 1993 to 2005. He was selected over six candidates who interviewed Saturday. Fletcher will be sworn in on March 19 at the next regular meeting of the board.
Fletcher will replace Debra Goldman, who left the school board and Wake County to pursue a job with a stroke foundation in Wilkes County.
District 9 represents western Wake County.
Fletcher will serve the remainder of Goldman’s term which ends in November.
Board Chairman Keith Sutton said Fletcher showed “passion for the position” and will bring experience to the position.
WRAL wastes no time mentioning Fletcher’s political affiliation, even though the Democrat heavy board elected him with only two dissenters:
Fletcher, a registered Republican, earned the support of six of the eight sitting board members, all of them Democrats. He was among six candidates to interview Saturday. Each got 30 minutes and eight questions before the board, touching on issues ranging from student assignment and growth to the board’s relationship with the superintendent.
Oddly, one of the Conservative members of the board – John Tedesco – voted against Fletcher:
Board member John Tedesco voted against Fletcher. For him, Fletcher’s connection to the past was a disadvantage.
“A lot of the reassignment our community was familiar with, this was part of the leadership that created that. And I just think it was important to be moving in a positive, fresh direction not moving backward,” Tedesco said. (WRAL)
The leadership Tedesco speaks of was that of Tony Tata, who the Democrats on the board fired. Since then, the board has made little headway in any given area. Perhaps returning to someone with proven ability to get a job done is a step that is neither forward nor backward, but a step in the right direction.