CARY—The Wake School Board held its first regular meeting since firing former Superintendent Tony Tata last week.
The meeting started with board members giving comments. Members of democratic majority defended their decision and said Tata had been informed of some of their problems with him during his annual performance review, but took no action to address those concerns.
Republican board members were still appalled Tata had been fired and sharply criticized the board majority. There were also a lot of heated words from members of the public. Thirteen people spoke out supporting Tata and urging the school board to bring him back.
No one spoke in support of the board firing him.
“All of you should consider tendering your resignations,” said Cary parent Kathleen Brennan.
Board members simply sat and listened to all the speakers. However, board chair Kevin Hill said it's now time for the school system, and the school board, to move forward.
Dr. Stephen Gainey was officially sworn in as temporary superintendent Tuesday night.