Wake County Board of Education
The Wake County Board of Education is the local governing body of the Wake County Public School System. Its nine members are currently elected from separate county districts.
The school board sets policy for the school system implemented by the superintendent and administrative staff. The board also adopts an annual budget proposal that includes its request for local funding from the Wake County Board of Commissioners as well as its plan for using state and federal funds. The school board does not have taxing authority.
The North Carolina State Board of Education, as legislated by the North Carolina General Assembly, provides statewide public school governance. The state is responsible for the majority of the district's funding as well as oversight of core academic curricula.
In response to COVID-19 guidance from state health officials, capacity limits have been increased at Board of Education meetings, and limited social distancing is in effect. Face coverings are strongly encouraged for any member of the public who is not fully vaccinated, including children under the age of 12. Members of the public who want to attend a board work session or formal meeting are asked to sign up until further capacity restrictions are removed. It is not necessary to sign up to attend committee meetings.