The N&O's Sadia Latifi has been a nice addition to the N&O's newsroom, picking up (among other things) the education beat for the western half of the Triangle. (Interestingly, this means that both of the reporters covering the Durham Public Schools beat have connections with Columbia -- Latifi as a 2009 grad of the undergraduate program, and the Herald-Sun's Matt "Snapper" Milliken as a Columbia J-school grad.)
And she had an intriguing pick-up late in last night's school board meeting on the subject of the controversial Erwin-Cornwallis site that had been under consideration for a high school until the administration pulled it off the table.
School board member Frederick Davis -- who's not unwilling to cut against political winds on issues, as his response to Durham CAN on their schools agenda a few months ago demonstrated -- had a verbal rebuke of sorts for the thank-you given the district by Erwin-Cornwallis Organization leader Elizabeth Vigdor for the removal of the Duke Forest site from consideration, and to the board for engaging with residents on the issue:
You heard some representatives from the Erwin Road-Cornwallis group thank us for making a decision with the support of the administration. I want to go on record that I didn’t make a decision to support the administration.
The administration, in their own rights and responsibilities, made that decision and for the record, if it had been brought to my action, I would have voted for that property. Because one of these days, the citizenry of Durham is going to have to bite the bullet and make sure that we have schools in Durham County that’s going to reach the total community.
Read more at Latifi's Bulls Eye blog entry.