In response to Edgecombe County Commissioner Viola Harris, ECC lastest Safe Negro response to Dr. Witherspoon Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools being chosen to take over Birmingham School System

Monday December 21, 2009

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Commissioner Harris picture from video of Candidates Forums held in October recorded by The DCN.

First of all I want to say I know Viola Harris on a personal note.

I find Commissioner Harris’ letter to the editor “Witherspoon show us he doesn’t want to be here” dated Thursday December 17 to be somewhat comical especially coming from a person who is not a people’s person.

Just like she said she became more angrier as she read about Dr. Witherspoon applying for another job last year, I  was angry also as I read her letter. I have been angry since hearing about the letter on Friday December 18 but didn’t get to read the letter until I stopped by the Daily Southerner this morning Monday December 21.

Commissioner Harris you asked a question, “Does Dr. Witherspoon care about the art of teaching and training young people to be successful or going after who can pay the most bucks?” Well damn Commissioner Harris my question to you is, will he not be doing such but touching more than 3 times the amount of children  7,000 to 27,000 than he is now? How in the hell can you be angry with a man for wanting to continue to do what he does on a broader level and also making more money in the process which will be the norm since it will be more children and more schools. Damn along with the money comes more responsibility. Commissioner Harris although you are not one of my favorite folks, I did give you a little more credit than that.

In my opinion Dr. Witherspoon do not owe me an explanation why he is leaving because that is a personnel matter and you being a county commissioner and serve on various boards should know that better than most people. Those of us who know better know that we will not really find out why he wants to leave Edgecombe County. I attended the meetings around the county during the process of hiring a new Superintendent when Dr. Witherspoon was hired speaking out that I wanted to see a qualified black male, I repeat a qualified black male come into the county. I said that because it was so many white females in the system and I thought that would do away with some of the good ole boy mess. Some were afraid of him being hired and some never accepted him and never will if he stayed on. But you see that was/is a good thing.

Frankly Commissioner Harris I don’t give a damn why Dr. Witherspoon wants to leave. I know as a fact he was voted in and the vote was not unanimous unlike the vote in Birmingham. The majority of the time it is more than likely that a board will vote unanimous when hiring someone on that level so therefore it was clear there were some issues when he was hired. Board member Ann Kent was vocal about not hiring him up until the time he was hired.

Many folks in the know, know of the secret meetings that were being held and the letters trying to get the board to hire Dr. Lana VanderLinden. Since your comments in your letter, I am assuming that you may have been a part of that group that worked so hard trying to get her in 3 years ago.

Commissioner Harris I am glad to know you supported Dr. VanderLinden so therefore I will remind those whom you represent in your commissioner district during your next election they should remember this letter to the editor bashing Dr. Witherspoon. However the only problem is, I wish I lived in your district so that I could really campaign against you but I will be doing all that I can to make sure you are not re-elected.

Commissioner Harris you know for yourself that Edgecombe County is known for the good ole boys being in control. I believe I have heard you say on more than one occasion our children goes off to school and do not want to come back to Edgecombe County. If I am wrong I stand to be corrected. However I know you know this to be true. I do not think your children live here however I stand to be corrected again.

Dr. Witherspoon has the right to apply for any job anywhere he chooses and you nor I don’t have a say in the matter. How damn ignant (I know how to spell the word) can you be.

I be damn Commissioner Harris who in the hell left you as the Queen B . .  of Edgecombe County? Who are you to tell someone if they do not like Edgecombe County they should take the first train out. Dr. Witherspoon is like most folks, he didn’t take a train in so he will drive himself out the same way he came in.

Dr. Witherspoon didn’t have to bring his family here. Have you questioned those who work in Edgecombe County but do not live here. Hell if you want to question anything, why don’t you question why our board chair (black) and has served on the board for 15 plus years never had a child in the Edgecombe County Public Schools system? Have you asked why nearly half of the board member do not have children in the system?

Commissioner Harris I can’t believe you question Dr. Witherspoon’s loyalty.

Commissioner Harris I am glad to know that you supported Dr. Lana VanderLinden which is your choice. However I do have a problem with you supporting her when you are aware of the situation that happened at Tarboro High with the some grades when a black female (Glenn Hart’s daughter) was being cheated out of being Valedictorian and they tried to make a white female Dewey Hudson’s daughter the Valedictorian. But then again you have arrived so maybe you have forgotten. I also know of a black child whom was told she must have some white in her because she didn’t act like the other black students.

I was against Dr. VanderLinden then I will be against her in the future is she should apply. I will speak out against Dr. VinderLinden just like I did during the hiring of Dr. Witherspoon.

I do agree with you that, “People need to remember that we have people already in place who have been waiting for their opportunity to lead.” However just because they are waiting for the opportunity does not mean they are the one. Again how ignant can you be.

I also agree with you that, “Loyalty and dedication are still great assets.” How in the hell can you make it appear that Dr. Witherspoon has not been loyal and dedicated to the children of Edgecombe County? Being loyal and dedicated while holding an office from day one until the day one leaves is what counts. In my opinion Dr. Witherspoon has been all of that and in order for the board to renew his contract in 2009 until 2013 although he applied for a job in 2008, it is obvious they had no problem with his loyalty and dedication to the children of Education. I say to the children because they have no option but to go to school but the staff have options to go seek other employment. I know as a fact that many staff members didn’t like him and earlier I mentioned that was the reason why I wanted a black male.

I can say that Dr. Witherspoon has been loyal and dedicated to the children because the group Many Voices has carried several concerns to him and he responded as he said he would and the changes were made.

Now talk about Edgecombe County, loyalty and dedication. Why in the hell would an outsider want to come to Edgecombe County when the Edgecombe County Commissioners is loyal and dedicated to crooks in the county.

Commissioner Harris you have spoken for several folks in Edgecombe County that I am much aware of that share your opinion. One being this newspaper The Daily Southerner Editor Terry Smith who was very vocal during the hiring of Dr. Witherspoon was so glad to post your letter that he put your damn picture with your letter. You must feel special.

Commissioner Harris I have not seen or heard you speak out about the lawsuit when the county had to pay Rocky Mount City Councilman/NAACP President Rev. Andre Knight attorney fees because of Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and 2 former white female Board of Elections members whom tried to have him removed from the council. But instead you and the other black Edgecombe County Commissioners reappointed Rev. Higgs back on the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission and now he is the chair. I addressed the board and the Edgecombe County Planning Department did atleast 2 presentations before commissioners showing that he didn’t live where he says he lived and how the cited him for illegal activity on the lot that has no living housing. You know that Rev. Higgs is a known criminal most recent I had to take him to court and he was found guilty of harassing me and then during the same time he was found guilty of assaulting his niece. However you have been much familiar with this crook because you have served on boards with him since the early 90’s that I know of when I became active in politics.

I have sent several emails to The Daily Southerner Editor Terry Smith and the other local newspaper (where I was told they let you go) about the county having to pay the attorney fees but they have not done a story on that. So you are helping them the local newspapers to discredit 2 brothers whom are not criminals but they are a part of promoting the brother with the criminal activity.

So Commissioner Harris I ask how in the hell can you allow Rev. Higgs to not only be a member but chair the Human Relations Commission when they are suppose to be about keeping harmony in the county? He has disrespected the County Commissioners and the Democratic Party whereby you are a member also on many occasions and you all continue to promote him.

Commissioner Harris you and other Safe Negroes in my opinion are the reason why Dr. Witherspoon is leaving. He is trying to do some positive things but having to deal with Safe Negroes whom do not support him but support criminals and I don’t say that loosely. And then you expect him to teach the children right from wrong when you and your fellow colleagues are promoting wrong.

Commissioner Harris thank you for this letter because you are a confirmation for what I have been talking about as it relates to Safe Negroes in Edgecombe County. This is why I say I will challenge any of you because I know all of you and what you stand for. I wish the others would write their letter also.

Commissioner Harris I am looking forward to meeting up with you during the public meetings to speak out about the hiring of the new Superintendent.

Note: I find it so damn funny that your letter is not online at The Daily Southerner letter to the editor column.

Curmilus Dancy II
The Political Agitator
An Effective Grassroots Community Activist

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Edgecombe County Public Schools

This is what I said back in May 2008 and the same stands today

Note: Updated Tuesday December 22, 2009 1:28 AM.

 

School board prepares for Witherspoon’s departure

Edgecombe County school board leaders have started working to find a new superintendent.

School board members began ironing out how they would replace Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon, just two days after he was selected as a finalist for Birmingham (Ala.) school district. Edgecombe County Board of Education Chairwoman Evelyn Wilson said in a phone interview she met with Witherspoon on Saturday to discuss his possible departure. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Edgecombe County Public Schools

This is what I said back in May 2008 and the same stands today

Witherspoon tapped to head Birmingham schools

The Birmingham (Ala.) Board of Education has selected Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon as its new superintendent. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Superintendent contends for vacant post

This is what I said back in May 2008 and the same stands today

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Picture was taken by The DCN at the reception that was held for Dr. Witherspoon shortly after he was hired. Reception was held at the Princeville Town Hall hosted by the Phoenix Historical Society.

ATTORNEY WARNS NHC SCHOOL SYSTEM RUNS LAWSUIT RISK by Cash Michaels

A local civil litigation attorney, who specializes in public entities/municipalities law, has cautioned the NHC School Board that if it decides to increase the percentage of free and reduced lunch students (F&R) in Wilmington’s Williston and D.C. Virgo middle schools beyond 50 percent for the sake of maintaining neighborhood schools, it could face a federal complaint from the NC NAACP similar to what the civil rights group announced against the Wayne County Public School System last week. (Read more @ The Wilmington Journal)

NC Spin December 17, 2009

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Welcome to this week`s electronic update from NC SPIN.

As we head into Christmas week we’ll ask our panel to talk about more stories involving official misconduct, we’ll discuss why we are fourth in the number of student suspensions, the end of the safe haven for business in the Senate, and once again discuss those inmates seeking release.  Be sure to tune in!  For a list of stations, visit ncspin.com.  Time not convenient?  Set your TiVO, old time VCR, or watch the streaming version at your convenience from our website.  Tell your friends to do the same!

The panel includes:  Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch; John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation; former House Speaker Joe Mavretic; and Elaine Mejia, Director of the NC Budget and Tax Center. Tom Campbell will moderate the discussion.

Tom Campbell`s Spin

There are exciting things happening in public education to help students prepare for their futures.  Check out Tom Campbell’s spin, Getting Ready for Life.

Carolina Community

The owner of the Carolina Panthers was born in this community.  Check out this week’s Carolina Community, host of an annual pumpkin festival.

Heard on the Street

White Christmas?

Weather forcasters are trying very hard not to create widespread panic but it looks like much of our state might be seeing white this weekend, either from the event Friday or another one late Saturday. Chances are good it will be long gone before the jolly old elf makes his rounds on December 24th but if we see snow it will certainly excite the little ones…of all ages.

‘Tis the season to be….unpopular

North Carolina residents may have a ho-ho-ho on their lips but they have no-no-no in their hearts for politicians. Take a look at the latest numbers:

Senator Richard Burr, facing his first re-election appears at this moment to have trouble. A recent poll by Civitas shows him trailing a generic Democrat. For those not familiar with pollspeak, this terminology reports Burr’s numbers against ANY Democrat. PPP, the polling group that admits its Democratic leanings, shows it a bit different. Their recent poll shows Burr leading 42-41 against the generic D. When put against special candidates the results show:

Richard Burr 42 – Elaine Marshall 37

Richard Burr 43 – Kenneth Lewis 37

Richard Burr 45 – Cal Cunningham 36

Even as Marshall got endorsements from two powerful women’s groups (National Organization for Women and Women’s Campaign Forum) it is obvious that Cunningham is the fair-haired child. No less than the President calls Cal to chat him up. Can Dems afford to alienate women?

Burr’s negatives are the problem. He has a 35 percent favorable and 37 percent unfavorable rating, according to PPP. Independents are abandoning him. The poll points out that at this same point in the election cycle two years ago Dole held a 51-39 lead over Kay Hagan. Burr has been more visible than Elizabeth Dole but PPP says voters just don’t know him. Can we foresee a name recognition campaign coming soon?

Burr isn’t alone, however. Despite the avalanche of TV ads telling us to call Kay Hagan, PPP projects that Hagan may not be very well known in the state. Her numbers show 36 percent of the voters approve of the job she is doing while 44 percent disapprove. Only 57 percent of Dems approve, while 29 percent of Independents and only 9 percent of the GOP voters like the job she is doing.

This should give some comfort to Governor Perdue. After ticking up a bit last month, the Governor’s approval is now 27 percent. She is one of the eight most unpopular governors in the country. As PPP suggests, not only is re-election problematic but she doesn’t have much clout with the legislature which will come to town in May.

Dems caucusing in Raleigh

North Carolina Democrats are caucusing in Raleigh to discuss the 2010 elections. We are told that even with poor approval ratings as reflected in polls the mood is very upbeat. House Speaker Joe Hackney feels confident that the Democrats may gain two or three seats in next November’s elections.

But there is increasing speculation that Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight will not run again, despite what he is publicly saying. We also hear that even though Senator Charles Albertson says he will run again that he is going to hang it up, especially since the large agriculture producers might back DA Dewey Hudson in a primary. If Senator R.C. Soles doesn’t run we hear that former House member David Redwine from Ocean Isle will run and that Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington, will seek the Democratic nomination for Julia Boseman’s Senate seat, with Thom Goolsby being the Republican challenger.

State Employees are mounting a major campaign to unseat incumbents, including House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman. We were told that the mantra is “no walking wounded.”

We also hear that GOP Chair Tom Fetzer is raising buckets full of money from Republicans who smell victory next year following all the corruption scandals. They are also working hard to recruit credible candidates to run.

Mark your calendars. NC SPIN will present a special edition on January 10th with Fetzer and a ranking Democratic Party official (no word yet) talking about the state of political parties in our state and how they will fare in 2010.

No judicial rankings

One thing that won’t be included in the 2010 elections will be a reporting of judicial evaluations. The North Carolina Bar Association has long advocated some system for reporting to the public how well district and superior court judges conduct their courts. Former Supreme Court Justice Rhoda Billings headed a committee that sent an evaluation survey to judges, DA’s and court officials asking for evaluations. The hope was that these evaluations could be compiled and reported in time for the 2010 judicial elections.

Judges from top to bottom were livid we were told, saying that sample sizes were not sufficient to draw concrete conclusions. We understand the outcry was loud and even appellate judges were employed to halt the report. When we talked with a representative from the Bar Association we were told evaluation by Billings’ committee was that no report will be released.

As long as North Carolina insists on electing judges there needs to be some way of determining which judges are or are not effective in administering justice. The NC Bar Association has not given up on this effort but there will be no such reporting for the 2010 elections. This could be an interesting discussion for a future NC SPIN.

Perdue scorned for scorning judges

And Bev seems to keep digging the hole for herself deeper. The Governor was indignant in responding to Judge Ripley Rand’s decision to release two inmates sentenced to life imprisonment during the 1970’s who had sued the state. This whole case is bizarre but the Trial Lawyers took Perdue to the woodshed for her remarks about the verdict. This indignation may play well with the voters but it isn’t winning friends among the courthouse gang.

For more interesting discussion about this topic be sure to catch this week’s NC SPIN.

Easley troubles continue

Ruffin Poole, former legal counsel to Governor Easley will testify before the State Board of Elections this afternoon at 4 p.m. Many think Poole will invoke his 5th Amendment rights and won’t say much because he is also a target of a federal investigation surrounding his role in helping obtain DENR permits for developers who were friendly with Easley. Many believe the fact that the hearing was scheduled for 4 p.m. indicates this won’t be long but they want to get Poole on the record. Today’s News and Observer reports DENR officials admit Poole approached them about expediting permits.

Meanwhile three more DENR employees are called to testify before the Grand Jury.

We learned that the former governor must be plenty worried about his situation. He hired Joe Cheshire, one of the top lawyers in the state in criminal defense. Cheshire is also one of the most expensive. Given Mr. Easley’s penchant for squeezing a buck this speaks volumes.

More discussion on this week’s NC SPIN.

Edwards problems continue

A former aide to former Senator John Edwards is preparing to release his new book and accusations are flying about what it says about John Edwards’ affair and a reported child from that liaison. Meanwhile talk around North Carolina swirls about Rielle Hunter, the woman involved in the affair.

Folks in Charlotte are saying that Edwards has bought a home for Rielle and the baby. According to the Charlotte O a private trust with connections to Edwards purchased a home in the Eastover section of Charlotte for $535,000. No name is given on the trust documents but the treasurer of the trust is Maria Lynch, a Raleigh attorney who is treasurer of the trust Edwards set up in honor of his son who died.

People in Southport are convinced their community will be the new home for Hunter. Rumors have been abundant about homes supposedly inspected and/or bought for Hunter in the port town.

WRAL news reported that Edwards and others boarded a private jet owned by “Bunny” Mellon, a supporter for Edwards’ presidential campaign. According to the report the plane traveled to the Mellon farm in Upperville, Va. WRAL was tipped that the jet was coming into RDU and filmed the event. But we also understand the feds were there filming.

Just what Edwards discussed with the 99 year old heiress is unknown but legal eagles say she might be called as a witness in the investigation into Edwards’ campaign finances. If true, Edwards might face an additional charge of witness tampering.

Where’s there is smoke….

A second official of the LEA company chaired by Senator Tony Rand has accused the powerful legislator of trying to manipulate stock prices in the firm. The plot thickens.

All the discussion about the conduct of public officials calls into question the honest services provision of the federal law that requires all corporate and public officials to provide honest service in the conduct of their office. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments as to the validity of this law and is expected to rule in coming weeks on the matter. It was this law that helped Michael Decker, former Congressman Frank Ballance and Kevin Geddings. If this law is struck down it might impact former Governor Mike Easley positively. Read an interesting edit in the Charlotte O and stay tuned for this topic to be discussed on a future NC SPIN.

Revenue numbers bad

State revenues continue to fall about 1.5 percent below projections. Through the first five months of the state’s fiscal year this amounts to some $115 million below budget. Seasoned observers say the unemployment picture bodes more red ink next year and some are projecting a $350 million deficit by year’s end.

How will the state fill this deficit? Legislators won’t raise taxes in an election year and they have shown they haven’t effectively reduced the size of government. Tax reform, by most all estimates, won’t happen in the short session. While many legislators don’t like the notion, there is a growing sense that the state will legalize and tax video poker. Estimates are that revenues could exceed $450 million per year. Video sweepstakes machines are spreading like kudzu and are raking in big dollars. We picked up info that one site in Raleigh is raking in as much as $6,000 per night. Video poker proponents have to close the deal by getting public opinion behind them but this is looking more and more plausible.

But legalizing video poker could bring on a new effort by the Cherokee to get table games at their Harrah’s casino. Their position will be one of equity. If video machines are legal everywhere else they are once again disadvantaged. The Governor should allow table games to help the tribe. Might be a winning argument.

We’re number 4

The News and Observer reported that North Carolina has the fourth highest number of student suspensions of any state in the nation. Black males and special education students are disproportionately represented, according to the study. Why does NC rank so high? Whose fault is it? What can be done about this?

You can be sure NC SPIN is all over this one. Listen in for some great talk about this topic.

While on the subject of public education your reporter had the opportunity to sit with Superintendent June Atkinson this week for a private interview about public education. We were impressed and heard first-hand that new innovations are being tested to help improve k-12 schools in our state. Read more about this interview in our My Spin column, “Getting Ready for Life.”

ABC salaries ranked

As a committee is investigating the salaries paid to local ABC employees WRAL reports that the state ABC board has no control over those salaries. They are decided by the 163 local ABC boards.

WRAL lists the top 15 salaries paid to administrators and their annual sales.

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Truer Words Were Never Spoken by Colin Power

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with
negative thinking and negative acting people.

As you grow, your associates will change.
Some of your friends will not want you to go on.
They will want you to stay where they are.
Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl.
Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream.
Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:

Never receive counsel from unproductive people.
Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the
solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to
tell you how.

Not everyone has a right to speak into your life.
You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with
the wrong person.
Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere.
With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.
Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life.

Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.
If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl.
But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great
heights.

"A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the
kind of friends he chooses."
The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you
closely associate – for the good and the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken.

This is applicable to family as well as friends.
Yes…do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will
always be your family no matter what.
Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they
may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria
above.

"In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our Friends."
"Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them."
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit
in little matters.
Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."….

……………….

Colin Powell

Employment – Vacancy Announcement – Payroll Specialist

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

North Carolina

General Assembly

Legislative Services Office

George R. Hall,

Legislative Services Officer

December 10, 2009

  Vacancy Number:    1099-030120

Position:     Payroll Specialist I

  Hiring Range:         $32,043 – $46,363

Division:     Administrative Division –Financial

                       Services

  Closing Date:          December 30, 2009 5:00 p.m.

*Vacancy number must be included on the application.

Interested applicants may obtain a General Assembly Application by requesting one from the address at the end of this announcement, by sending an electronic mail request to JudyB@ncleg.net, by calling the General Assembly Personnel Office at (919) 715-1210, or by visiting our web site at http://www.ncleg.net/NCGAInfo/Directories/Jobs.html.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

· Organizes and enters all payroll related information into the General Assembly payroll system to which assigned for weekly subsistence, biweekly, or monthly payrolls and related reports.

· Enters reimbursement requests into the payroll system for payment of legislative members’ subsistence and travel.

· Reviews and considers input of employee time sheets and leave records into the payroll system as needed for payroll; works with division/organizational contacts on payroll and leave data or discusses issues with managers and employees about specialized payroll issues; consults the Payroll Supervisor on more complex issues or with actions that may create a precedent.

· Update accurately and in a timely manner, the information to be used in filing the quarterly and annual 941 form.

· Assists employees as needed with completing forms for payroll according to personnel and payroll policies; interprets and explains payroll rules, taxes, and related personnel and payroll processes; works closely with Benefits Specialist on related employee issues.

· Prepares payrolls for the General Assembly employees; enters changes for salary and payroll deductions; adds, separates or places employees on inactive status; adjusts for leave without pay and other special circumstances; applies payroll and personnel policies to each situation to ensure the correct expenditure of General Assembly funds and the correct salary payments for employees.

· Checks accuracy of payroll before running checks; runs edits for payroll; rechecks/proofs changes; checks and verifies deductions; calculates changes in salaries or deductions as required; prints checks.

· Prepares journal or accounting entries for various payroll functions.

· Works with division directors and employees on sick and vacation leave balances that may indicate overdrawn leave or to discuss leave advancement.

· Completes payroll reports to a variety of Federal and State agencies and to fringe benefits vendors.

· Generates and distributes W-2s’; answers questions on tax issues.

· Works with auditors or Payroll Supervisor on payroll procedures and policy and review documents related to payroll actions.

· Works with the applications analyst/programmers as needed in the modification or enhancement of the payroll system.

· Compiles and submits payroll/staff reports surveys and data in support of legal research projects.

· Maintains confidentiality of personnel and payroll file information in a systematic manner consistent with division and Legislative Services Office policy.

· Serves as custodian of payroll files for General Assembly employees.

· Serves in backup capacities to others in Financial Services Section.

· Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

· Graduation from a two year business school or community college with a major in business administration, accounting, or related field with two years of experience at the journey level of payroll, accounting, or employee benefits work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred experience would include work in a governmental payroll environment with a full range of independent functions in processing and interpreting payroll related information.

· Ability to work independently, to organize and analyze materials, prioritize tasks, and to make responsible decisions.

· Ability to create and maintain accurate records, reports and files in support of an accounting or payroll system in an employee oriented payroll operation.

· Considerable knowledge of working within and assisting a Supervisor and Manager with payroll operation in a dynamic and rapidly changing work environment.

· General knowledge of payroll laws, rules, regulations, policies and practices to follow in the payroll function, including Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and others that may apply.

· Working knowledge of personnel laws, rules, and regulations.

· Ability to understand and apply policies and regulations that apply to the maintenance of financial, payroll and human resources related records and reports.

· Ability to use personal computer programs for payroll calculating, posting; proficiency with adding machines and other automated equipment and software for the processing and maintenance of payroll and accounting records; ability to learn specialized accounting, payroll and HRIS systems such as GEAC.

· Ability to make arithmetic computations accurately and with reasonable speed and efficiency.

· Ability to work independently in handling cash deposits and other cashiering functions involving State funds.

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with division directors, supervisors, employees and the general public.

· Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.

· Ability to use judgment and discretion in handling payroll and personnel related issues.

· Ability to function as a lead worker or project leader on specialized or assigned payroll matters.

· Ability to work extended schedules as needed to meet established payroll deadlines.

Application Process:     Submit a General Assembly Application or State Applicationby 5:00 p.m. on December 30, 2009 to:

Judy Braudwell

Personnel Office

Room 5 Legislative Building

16 West Jones Street

Raleigh, NC 27603


Application Process:     Submit a General Assembly Application or State Applicationby 5:00 p.m. on December 30, 2009 to:

Know What You Are Buying When It Comes To Our President

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Please don’t buy this t-shirt: I would not wish or pray this on any Leader

Psalm 109: 8-13

8 Let his years be few; let someone else take his position
9 May his children become fatherless, and his wife a widow
10 May his children wander as beggars and be driven from their ruined homes.
11 May creditors seize his entire estate, and strangers take all he has earned.
12 Let no one be kind to him; let no one pity his fatherless children.
13 May all his offspring die. May his family name be blotted out in a single generation. 

Let’s not let the enemy get over on us!!
Although this story is in the Bible, it is in the old testament about people who were oppressed. The old testament tells us what happened.  The New testament, Jesus teaches us what to do and to pray for our enemies!!
Like these who came up with this shirt!

Speaking Truth To Power – JOE JACKSON: ROOT AN ALL-AMERICAN DYNASTY by William Reed

No matter how mainstream media implies Joe Jackson should be ostracized from “proper society”, actions of the family continually contradict that view.  While a large percentage of the American population scorns “Papa Joe”, not so among the Jacksons.  Mainstream media’s publics’ rile has been up since Joe Jackson sought a $15,000 a month allowance from Michael’s estate.  Should Joseph Walter Jackson be bestowed $180,000 per annum from Michael Jackson’s estate?   Should Papa Joe be viewed as a rouge, or role-model? 

Based on traditional American values, Joe Jackson is an African-American “role-model”.  Now, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Joe Jackson is the root of his family’s successes.  During the Thanksgiving holiday period Papa Joe hosted third son Jermaine, and his brood, and Michael’s  children Prince, 12, Paris, 11, Blanket, 7, and ‘secret son’ Omer Bhatti at his Las Vegas ranch.  This gathering contrasted with the public’s opinion and ridicule that Joe Jackson is not entitled to a stipend from the estate of his seventh child.

Symbolically, you could say that: From this tree grew mighty oaks.  Born in Arkansas in 1929, Joe married Katherine Scruse in Gary, Indiana in 1949 and maintained his family by working as a crane operator at Gary’s U.S. Steel Company.  In the mid-1950s, Joe embarked on a music career with his brother Luther, playing guitar in a band called The Falcons.  The Falcons never got a record deal, causing Joe to return to U.S. Steel full-time after a couple of years hiatus.

Like the fathers of Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers, Donnie Osmond and the Osmond Family, it was the family patriarch’s tenacity and determination behind their children’s’, and subsequent generations’, overwhelming successes.  During the early 1960s, Joe Jackson worked two jobs to support six boys and three girls.  Michael was born in 1958, but by 1964 Joseph had discovered that the three eldest sons, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine, had musical talent.  Seeing that budding talent, Joe helped form an early incarnation of The Jackson 5 with two neighborhood youths, though eventually Marlon and Michael formed the Jackson 5.  It was under Joe’s strict leadership that the Jackson 5 polished their talents.  In 1967, they turned professional, and the group signed with Motown Records in 1968.  Much of the public’s perception of him is based on the decline in Joe’s managerial role when Motown CEO Berry Gordy took personal charge of the Jacksons’ act.

Rouge you say?  All too often Michael Joseph Jackson’s success is chronicled separate of Papa Joe.  All the family attributes Michael’s accomplishments directly to Papa Joe.  The estate has an estimated worth of $2.5 billion.  It controls billions in assets, future royalties on music rights, real estate and other holdings.  It holds the lucrative Sony/ATV catalog – which contains 250 Beatles songs, music from Elvis Pressley and Little Richard.  He still co-owned Neverland Ranch and surrounding 2,600 acres in pristine Santa Barbara County.  Michael’s MiJack music catalog is a valuable commodity. Since death, Michael’s earning power increased.  Albums that he’d previously released have gained new life and racked up 4 million new sales.

Michael had honored his father with an annual "Joseph Jackson Day" at Neverland Ranch.  Joe Jackson represents a father and authority figure most African American families never know.  In the eyes of the Jackson Family, if anyone deserves an income from the labors of Michael Jackson, it should be Papa Joe.  Now 81, Joe suffers from diabetes and contends that he was supported by Michael before his death through payments that were made to Katherine Jackson and was passed on to him.  Joe’s expenses exceed $20,000 per month; his income from Social Security is $1,700.

Mrs. Jackson’s income from the estate is four times what Joe’s requesting.  For her support, and that of Michael’s three publicly-known children, Katherine Jackson, 79, receives $86,000 a month.  Katherine supports her husband’s request for a monthly allowance.  Jermaine Jackson says it’s ridiculous that his father even had to ask for payments in the first place and states: "The fact is my father is the estate.  He created it."

(William Reed – www.BlackPressInternational.com)

Are You Interested In the Wake County Schools Debate? Meeting Tonight

FYI for those interested in the Wake County Schools debate.

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There is quite a stir with the newly elected Board of Education and potential changes.  The YWCA is partnering with a new Board member, Keith Sutton and former Board members Beverley Clarke and Carol Parker for an educational forum and listening tour on Wednesday, December 16 from 6pm-7:30 at the YWCA on Hargett.  I’ve attached a flyer that can be forwarded widely.  It would be wonderful if you would post this in any upcoming communications and share it in whatever other formats are available.  Is that possible?

The forum will be the night after the 2nd Board of Education meeting.  As you probably know, the first meeting was very heated (and problematic) and we expect this forum to generate plenty of attention.

We’ll use this as an opportunity to explain to Southeast Raleigh parents and community members what’s at stake if the new BOE dismantles policies that have helped ensure quality education and racial/economic diversity in Wake schools.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks very much for your support.

Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season.

Bridgette

Bridgette Burge

Co-Director of Racial Justice

YWCA of the Greater Triangle

4940 Capital Blvd., Suite H, Raleigh NC 27616

w) 919-828-3205 x. 16

c) 919-418-1008

bburge@ywcatriangle.org

www.ywcatriangle.org

J Ronald White, President
South Central Wake County NAACP

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