News and Observer: News Observer, WRAL offer to pay to move meeting turned down

From the Raleigh News and Observer (3/23/10): The News and Observer and WRAL offered to pay for the cost of moving today's Wake school board meeting to the Fletcher Theater at the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center so that more members of the public can attend the board's historic final vote ending the diversity policy in student assignments for North Carolina's largest school district.

The offer was turned down.

School board spokesman Michael Evans called it a “very gracious offer.”

“But based on the fact that the meeting has already been announced, set up and processed, the board chair and board attorney have decided to leave it where it is,” Evans said.

A letter from Orage Quarles III, publlisher of The N&O, was delivered to Wake school board chairman Ron Margiotta earlier today making the offer. Quarle’s letter said a staff member with the City of Raleigh assured him the theater is available.

Quarles is a member of the board of the Wake Education Partnership, a business-backed advocacy group that has supported Wake’s existing diversity plan.

From News & Observer Staff Reports