Cary, NC — The following report on the Wake County School Board District 9 candidate forum is from Karen Rindge, Executive Director of WakeUpWakeCounty.org, one of the organizers of the event.
District 9 School Board Forum
Candidates for Wake school board District 9 participated in a non-partisan forum Monday night in Cary at the historic Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Downtown Cary.
The event was co-sponsored by WakeUP Wake County, the League of Women Voters of Wake, Delta Sigma Theta, and Congregations for Social Justice.
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Candidates answered set questions from the moderator, as well as responded to many questions from the sixty people who attended. Both Bill Fletcher and Nancy Caggia support the school bond.
“The most important thing we need to provide schools is to pass the school construction bond,” stated Fletcher.
School Board Issues
1. What To Change?
- On the most important thing to change, Caggia said “is student achievement.”
- Fletcher said: improving relationships on the school board and with the county.
2. Common Core Curriculum
They both support the Common Core education system.
3. School Discipline
- Nancy Caggia said “We need proper procedures, and we need equitable ways to treat all students.”
- Fletcher said, “Number one has to be safety for the students and teachers.” He noted that Wake County is trying a new program to address school discipline issues in which teachers are reflective about whether students’ needs are being met.
4. Increase School Funds?
When asked if they would be willing to advocate for increased school funds from Wake Board of Commissioners,
- Fletcher said yes, he would.
- Caggia said, “we need to come up with our strategic goals, then determine what areas need additional funding and seek for funds from either the county or the state.”
For more information on the candidates, visit the local League of Women Voters: Links for Candidates.
For more information on the school bond, visit the WCPSS: School Bond.
- Tuesday, October 8, 2013
On the ballot:
- Town Council District A
- Town Council District C
- Town Council At Large
- School Board District 9
- School Board District 7
- School Bond Issue
All Wake citizens can vote on the $810 million school bond. This issue is on the ballot Oct 8, 2013.
- Tuesday, November 5, 2013
On the ballot:
- At Large
- District 2
- District 4
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