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Some Asheville residents call for change in school board appointments

Some Asheville residents call for change in school board appointments
Several people called out Asheville City Council members for their handling of school board appointments. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Several people called out Asheville City Council members during Tuesday's meeting for their handling of school board appointments.

Council members are in the process of interviewing people for the school board. Some people accused council of rushing through the process and excluding people of color from having a say in educational decision making.

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Some people also accuse council of speeding up the timeline, claiming the Asheville City Association of Educators was unable to provide its recommendations.

"I don’t think that you all have taken into account which applicants have shown a strong background in advocating for our public schools and the success of the students," Rebekah Morrisson said.

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Asheville is one of only a few districts in North Carolina that appoints school board members. Some people are calling for that to change to an election process. For that to happen, the city would have to get approval from the state legislature.

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