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.
Schools are important to the Town of Morrisville and Town Council is committed to continuing dialogue with the Wake County Pubic School Board and sharing of information with Morrisville residents. Information and updates will be posted here.
Your School Board Representatives
District 7 Board Member Chris Heagarty
Chris Heagarty is an attorney and non-profit-organization executive, who manages the City of Oaks Foundation, a Raleigh-based land conservancy and youth development organization and who represents District 7 (Northwestern Wake County, including Morrisville and portions of Raleigh and Cary) on the Wake County Board of Education.
Prior to joining the City of Oaks Foundation, Chris was the executive director and commission counsel of the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission, the state organization that advises judges and enforces the Code of Judicial Conduct. In private legal practice, he has represented local governments in matters of election law and private citizens, most notably licensed professionals such as realtors, CPAs, home inspectors and real estate appraisers, before their licensing boards. He is also a certified Superior Court mediator.
Before his legal career, Chris was the executive director of the NC Center for Voter Education, a policy research group that explored topics of campaign finance reform and election law and the Director of State Government Relations for the NC Association of Electric Cooperatives.
Chris served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2009-2010, representing the same Northwestern Wake County area he now represents on the Board of Education. He has been a Raleigh resident since 1978, attended Wake County public schools, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University. He is married and has two children in Wake County public schools.
District 9 Board Member Bill Fletcher
Bill Fletcher is a native to Wake County, and the son of Fred and Marjorie Fletcher, of the Capitol Broadcasting Company (WRAL-TV). He graduated Broughton HS and NC State University. Dedicated to serving the community, Bill started two Boy Scout units, and served 12 years on the Wake Board of Education. In 2004, he made an unsuccessful bid to become the elected State Superintendent. Today Bill serves as Vocational Services Director in the Cary Rotary Club and leads a team of Rotarians who focus on literacy and leadership. Bill enjoyed a 25 year career in marketing and advertising. He and his team at Keller Williams Realty help people buy and sell residential real estate.
Bill met his wife, Becky Rowe (from Johnston County) on a blind date. They have been married for 37 years. Becky is registrar at Penny Road Elementary School. They have three adult children: Caroline, who taught school for 8 years and is now enrolled in the Masters of School Administration program at UNC Chapel Hill. Brad, a Cary police officer who, along with his wife Amber coach girls softball and are the parents of grandchildren, Madison and Landon. Bill and Becky’s youngest is Matt, who is working to become a PE teacher and volunteers as an assistant coach at both Panther Creek and Apex high schools.
WCPSS Facilities Committee
The WCPSS Facilities Committee meets regularly. To find out when the next Facilities Committee meeting will be held, visit the WCPSS School Board Calendar. For facility design and construction information, visit the WCPSS Facilities Design and Construction page.
Schools in Morrisville
Information provided at January 8, 2020 WCPSS Town Hall Meeting with Bill Fletcher and Chris Heagarty:
Town Council Resolution Supporting the Location of Middle and High Schools in Morrisville - April 2018
2018-167 Briefing Materials
Town of Morrisville/WCPSS Special Meeting - "Small Footprint Schools" - March 19, 2018
Minutes - March 19, 2018
Public Comment - March 13, 2018 Town Council Meeting Transcribed Comments
WCPSS Presentation – Update to Effects of Growth on Site Selection and School Design, presented to Leadership Morrisville (Morrisville Chamber of Commerce) on October 3, 2017
Town Council Resolution Supporting the Location of Middle and High Schools in Morrisville - February 2017
2017-033 Briefing Materials
Excerpt of Minutes - February 28, 2017
WCPSS Presentation - Effects of Growth on Site Selection & School Design, presented to Town Council on March 24, 2015 by Joe Desmoreaux, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities. (Due to large file size, please allow a few moments to load)
Excerpt of Minutes - March 24, 2015 Town Council Meeting