Call this 100% speculation -- even more so that the question we raised this morning on whether Thursday's board meeting would see the hiring of a new superintendent.
DPS announced this evening a special board meeting to take place on Wednesday at 6pm in the Fuller St. DPS office building. Now, the District holds special meetings about as often as you or I take out the curbside recycling bins. But could this be the superintendent announcement?
Certainly it has the potential to be good news, or bad news, for someone. DPS' announcement notes that the meeting will be held pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11.(a)(6), a specific section of our state statutes that, a web search suggests, has one of two meanings:
To "consider the qualifications, competence, performance, or condition of appointment of a public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,"
to "hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against a public officer or employee[.]"
Well, I'm certainly pulling for the former.
The announcement goes on to mention that DPS's board "may take action in open session following closed session," suggesting that if this is indeed a super night for the Super search, that an announcement could follow the vote.
Another piece of supporting evidence: NCGS 143-318.11.(a)(6) is the section of code that's been cited in every single one of the public notices of special meetings, going back to what was presumably the discussion over bringing Hank Hurd into the interim superintendent role.
If it is the superintendent announcement, it'd make a lot of sense from a PR perspective to get the good news (new superintendent, huzzah!) out ahead of the tough news on budget woes.
More as we hear it.