RALEIGH — Anthony J. Tata, Wake County’s newly named schools superintendent, will make public appearances next week before schools staff, the board of education and other groups, including the conservative Wake County Taxpayers Association, board Chairman Ron Margiotta said Thursday.
Tata, 51, a retired Army brigadier general, will arrive Thursday and make as many as 16 appearances over two days, Margiotta said. (Read more)
Wake County Public Schools
Moultrie would welcome expansion; but company fined in Texas
Darrell Moore doesn’t quite understand why some residents in Wilson and Nash counties are worried about Sanderson Farms possibly building a poultry processing plant here.
As the president of Moultrie, Ga.’s chamber of commerce and the Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority, Moore describes Sanderson Farms as a "great corporate citizen and a good community partner." (Must subscribe online to Read More)
Rocky Mount officials have confirmed the city has agreed to treat domestic wastewater coming from the proposed Sanderson Farms plant.
Peter Varney, assistant city manager, said their conversations have been with Nash County officials because Nash County is the entity that would provide the water and sewer service for Sanderson Farms. (Must subscribe online to Read more)
Not since Eugene Sawyer succeeded the late Harold Washington has there been an African American Mayor of Chicago. The announcement by Mayor Richard M. Daly that he will not seek re-election after two decades in office would seem to open the doors for a well-positioned Black candidate to recapture the keys to City Hall. Though Rahm Emanuel, former Chief-of -Staff for President Obama, is seen as the front-runner, it would appear that an African American led progressive coalition, like the one which was forged to elect Harold Washington could be successful. (Read more)
Michael Vick(notes) has been getting support from all sides during his road to redemption. He’s now getting it from the leader of the free world.
NBC’s Peter King reports that Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie earlier this week to congratulate him for giving Vick a second chance after his release from prison. According to King, the president said that released prisoners rarely receive a level playing field and that Vick’s story could begin to change that. (Read more)
TARBORO — For those who are excited about the annual Edgecombe County Classic Holiday Tournament that was scheduled for Tuesday, they will have to wait one more day.
Due to Mother Nature’s snowstorm that dumped more than five inches of snow, the annual tournament was postponed until Wednesday and new start times have been set. (Read more)
RALEIGH — Taxpayers are asking Wake County school board members to consider four-day school weeks and fees for sports to help deal with next year’s budget crisis.
Shorter school weeks and charging students to play sports are among the most common ideas left in the school district’s online budget suggestion box. School leaders have received 463 suggestions on how to deal with more than $100 million in state and federal funding cuts that are expected to lead to layoffs, larger class sizes and the loss of some programs next year. (Read more)
Wake County Public Schools
48 days after the election, instant runoff voting produced a "winner" for the NC Court of Appeals, for the "Wynn"seat. Thanks to IRV, an experimental tallying method was used, the election was almost a tie, a recount was called for, and we had a plurality result, not a majority win.
After counting the IRV votes, the highest vote getter lost his 100,000 vote lead, and the contest became so close that a recount was requested. The declared winner won with 28% of votes from all ballots cast on election day. We do not know how many 2nd and 3rd choice votes each candidate got, as this data was not released to the public. (Read more)
Note: Joyce what in the hell? So now they have the audacity to not publicize all the results from an election? So how can we trust these jokers? This is just sad. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher
Growing up in segregated Memphis, Tenn., during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools.
He just didn’t pay racial barriers much mind.
The son of a doctor and teacher became the first African-American to graduate from Stanford Medical School, the first African-American resident and surgery professor at Yale and later the first black department head at Harvard’s teaching hospitals. (Read more)
I read in the Telegram about Edgecombe County and the disagreement with Food Lion about tax assessment on leasehold improvements.
First, I think ceiling tiles, floor tiles and paint etc. are part of the building, regardless of who paid for the improvement, is now owned by the building owner. (Read more)
St. Paul voters will have a lot to learn for the 2011 city elections, and officials still are trying to figure out how to teach them.
It’s the first year ranked-choice voting will be used to choose City Council members. The council is putting together an ordinance that spells out how it will work, and once that’s settled, there will be a campaign to inform voters about the change. (Read more)
Note: From the desk of Chris Telesca: Could this be why tax-exempt foundations support non-profits that advocate for IRV?: Ranked choice voting will work fine in local, non-partisan elections. However its advocates have a different plan in mind for legislative and statewide races: they want to eliminate the partisan primary.
Instant Run Off Voting
The day leading up to Colt Brake’s life-changing injury was anything but normal.
Brake had recovered from a high fever the day before and spent most of the half-day at school expecting to head home to get some rest. His mother, Tammy, remembers the phone call distinctly. (Read more)
Sources say the secretary position that was held by retiree Barbara Warren may not be filled. But I wonder why? It appears that 3 people including Warren has interviewed some candidates but the latest verdict is that the central office was not aware of the interviews and has said there is no money for the position. Oh well. So what about the person over at South Edgecombe who thought she had the job?
It is time for the good ole buddy mess to end at SouthWest. It is a lot that goes on at the school but is kept hush hush.
Sources say Principal John Westberg has been reassigned to Phillips Middle School. The principal of Phillips just recently retired and obviously the assistant principal has been elevated to principal.
Westberg was recently suspended with pay as the investigation of testing procedures that took place during the summer.
Note: Correction John Westberg moved to W.A. Pattillo Elementary School