Wake County School Board of Education Chair Lindsay Mahaffey was involved in a scheme which fraudulently led to the appointment of Craston Artis, who is not a Wake County resident. Chair Mahaffey had private phone calls with the applicant without the knowledge of the board. In addition, Artis’ wife revealed he was promised the seat weeks before all the candidates were interviewed, making this a fixed political appointment typically held by elected office. Mr. Artis’ consulting firm had also received almost $30K in business from Wake County Schools over the years.
Chair Mahaffey violated the board’s Policies 2120 and 1010 Codes of Ethics. As the Department of Public Instruction has indicated that voters are the only oversight for accountability for the school board, Steve Bergstrom is asking fellow Wake County school parents, and citizens to demand accountability by requesting Chair Mahaffey step down as Wake County School Board Chair. We cannot allow this kind of corruption in a body making decisions for our children.
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