Putting the public back into the school system
Do we really want to put the public back in the Edgecombe County Public School System? The monthly meeting was not posted in either of the 2 local newspapers. I visited the Edgecombe County Public Schools Website to see what was on the agenda and I didn't see anything about the Monday August 8 meeting. I have asked to have the agenda forwarded to me however I prefer emailed to me at my cost. But the ECPS say they wanted to put the public back in the schools. I don't think so.
During the public comment session Yolanda Thigpen President of the Edgecombe County NAACP asked the board to come up with a way to get parents, staff and others out to the meetings. In order to speak during the public comment session you must speak to what is on the agenda. How can you really be prepared to speak if you don't know what is on the agenda until you arrive at the meeting. I like to prepare my speech in writing so that I can present my documentation to the board. Again ECPS do not want to put the public back into the schools.
During the recognition session of the meeting the Ebonette Club (black organization) was recognized for their hosting of their Annual Back to School Bash at the Indian Lake where they provided 900 children with school supplies. G.W. Carver Alumni (black organization) President Joe Edge and some of the members presented a check for $5,000 to G.W. Carver to be used towards computers and/or technology. Again talking about putting the public back into the school. However I have a problem with the donation when G.W. Carver do not have a black certified teacher at the school. I feel strongly feel that the donation should have reflected the school trying to bring in black certified teachers. These 2 items were not mentioned in the article by the Daily Southerner editor Terry Smith who covered the meeting on Monday night.
I am always observing the people in meetings. It never seems to amaze me how some white staff members look at black folks especially board members, parents and others when they question issues/concerns during meetings. I have noticed that when board member Dr. Florence Arnold Armstrong, Associate Superintendent Sandra Jones and some other black folks ask questions or make comments pertaining to agenda items I see some white staff members (women) watching each other and making negative gestures. It was brought to my attention on Monday night by someone that they observed one of the staff as it is believed that the person stated, Dr. Armstrong is asking B.S. questions. If there are some folks who believe that elder black adults are not suppose to ask questions then when I hear the children say they are singled out for asking questions in the classroom, then we have a problem in Edgecombe County. I was taught by my parents and others at home and in the community, in school and on the job to ask questions when one is in doubt. I find it to be the best practice to ask questions when one sits on boards so one can be clear on what one is voting on.
My question is do we really want to put the public back in Edgecombe County Public Schools?