Michael Bragg | Winston-Salem Journal photo This is the view from the balcony of the legislative building in Raleigh during the March for Students and Rally for Respect in 2018.

Iredell-Statesville Schools staff will be trading classrooms and buses for representatives’ offices and Raleigh streets on May 1, joining educators across the state.

Carla Fassbender, East Iredell Middle School teacher and North Carolina Association of Educators government relations chair, said hundreds of Iredell residents are registered to attend the rally.

Fassbender said an exact number is hard to determine because some people drove to Raleigh Tuesday night and some are carpooling Wednesday, but a charter bus seating 55 is full and ready to head out Wednesday morning.

Those attending include teachers and other school staff as well as community members supporting the cause.

Fassbenders said Iredell-Statesville staff members have an appointment with representatives to discuss their concerns.

There are five goals behind the rally. School staff will be demanding more support staff like librarians, school psychologists and social workers; a $15 minimum wage for all personnel; the continuation of health benefits after retirement; advanced degree compensation; and the expansion of Medicaid.

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