Again the local papers the Daily Southerner seems to be printing one sided information which could cause some confusion and some hate from some whom work in the Edgecombe County Public Schools.
I have heard that some school employees were somewhat excited about Kent asking the board to cut their own budget. So that means that these employees were looking for that to happen at the Monday night meeting so now that it didn’t I am quite sure they are pissed. But you see if these employees would attend the meetings they would know what goes on. You see it is no way that I would work for a system, entity and etc. and I not attend the monthly meetings whereby my bosses are making decisions that affect me.
The local newspaper did not mention anything about the discussion and that is just wrong. The Daily Southerner paper printed the following:
Board chair Ann Kent said she was disappointed the board did not act on her suggestion from last month’s meeting that board members reduce travel expenses by 20 percent and workshop expenses by 25 percent.
“I’m very disappointed that the board did not feel that their budget should be cut when we cut everyone else’s budget,” said Kent.
It is my opinion that this paper is painting a negative picture of the board on the issue of them cutting their own budget without posting the discussion on why the board didn’t act on her suggestion. Well damn if she had presented it correctly they would have acted on it. Also if she had asked the superintendent and the others to do a study on where they could cut their budget just like they did the rest of the budget.
What the school employees and the citizens of Edgecombe County ought to be pissed about is Ann Kent the board chair do not complete her 12 hours of minimum training required by the board. It is obvious she chose the training and travel because she do not participate in the 2 but wants to cut others that participates. It seems to be an attack on former board chair Evelyn Wilson whom have always participated in both over the years and stated at the March meeting that she would go to the training if she had to pay her own way. This was not mentioned in this paper last month nor this month. Dr. Evelyn Johnson also stated her concerns about the cuts last month because she said the board is the leader and need to receive the proper training and to go places so that they can get the real feel for what others are doing across the nation.
Another thing the paper printed that should have been reported more in depth and that is the following:
The budget cuts will result in the elimination of 39 jobs.
I find it interesting that the paper didn’t print that there are jobs that are on freeze because there will be some employees retiring and/or leaving for whatever reasons. This means that the employees that will fall in the 39 may be able to apply for the frozen positions.
I voice my opinions at the meetings and on my blog but I am different from the local newspapers because I video the entire meetings and post the video on The DCN TV so that school employees, citizens and whomever may be concerned can view it from the convenience of their home, office and/or etc. After viewing the video others can challenge my opinion but most of all form their own opinion. I have never had anyone to challenge my opinion after telling me they viewed the video that I provide. I don’t make the news I report it.
I have come to the conclusion that it is by design that the local newspaper continue to report half truth. Well you can count on Dancy Communications Network to provide the whole truth because I am going to provide the video of the entire meeting.
Now I come to one of my favorite quotes: “It is okay to be ignant to the facts but to not do anything about it can be a problem.”
Video/Pictures: See What Happened At The Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education April 9, 2012 Meeting
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