Killion resigns from board – Wilson Times

The Political Agitator response: You did the right thing! So don’t look back keep moving.

Joel Killion resigned as board secretary of the Wilson County Board of Elections Monday at the request of the Wilson County Republican Party.

His resignation follows a decision last week to change his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated.

"It is with regret that I tender my resignation from the Wilson County Board of Elections as secretary, effective July 15, per the request of the Wilson County Republican Party,” Killion wrote. "I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the board and offer my best wishes for its continued success.”

Killion emailed his resignation letter to Rena Morris, director of the Wilson County Board of Elections, and the letter will be sent to the N.C. Board of Elections. Morris is on vacation, but state election officials are expecting the letter, said Joshua Lawson, N.C. Board of Elections spokesman. (Source: Read more)

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How Oakland’s public schools are fighting to save black boys – MSNBC

The Political Agitator response: Now this is awesome!

OAKLAND, California— The bleak statistics for black boys here are like lyrics to a sad song that everyone’s tired of hearing but no one knows how to mute.

Too many live in poverty. Almost a third will drop out or be pushed out of school. And in recent years, black boys have been about as likely to be shot to death as they are to graduate from high school college-ready.

But there’s hope for boys in this beleaguered second-city by the bay: Many are beginning to stand up and fight for their futures. And they have a whole team of black men standing up and fighting with them.

Four years ago, the Oakland Unified School District launched the office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) – the first and only school district in the country with an office explicitly dedicated to lifting the prospects of black boys. (Source: Read more)

Homegoing Celebration For Mary Ruth Porter Pinetops NC

My condolences goes out to the family of the late Mary Ruth Porter Pinetops, NC.

I have been knowing Ms. Porter for many, many years when she used to live in Dodge City Pinetops NC up until the flood and then she relocated. I used to cultivate her and her husband’s garden back in the day when I was in school. I remember going to her house the day that Governor Jim Hunt came down to Dodge City when we were able to get back on Bynum Farm Road and in to Dodge City. A couple of families were in the attic of her house when they were rescued. And then we both became members of the same church Anderson Chapel.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Song: Your Grace & Mercy – Mississippi Mass Choir

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Video/Photos: Tarboro NC – Edgecombe County Board of Education History In The Making 4- 3 Black Majority Monday July 14, 2014 6:30 PM

The DCN was present to witness the swearing in of recently elected Marva Scott and re-elected board members Ann Kent, Evelyn Wilson and Dr. Evelyn Johnson. Kent was re-elected as board chair and Wilson re-elected as vice chair.

I find it quite interesting thatimage Faye Taylor former school board member that resigned her seat on this board and also on the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services Board, Scott now replaces her on the board. Scott defeated John Edmondson whom was appointed to fill Taylor’s unexpired term.

Taylor was one the most vocal DSS board members that was against Marva Scott when she was fired at DSS. However the county had to hire Scott back after she won her lawsuit. Not only is Scott back at DSS but she is also representing the same school district that Faye Taylor served on the school board. Ain’t God good, he can make your enemies your foot stool.

Superintendent John Farrelly contract was extended for one year.

The board settled another lawsuit Woods v. ECBOE, Case No. 4:13-cv-136-D (E.D.N.C.) for $30,000 to a former bus driver. This makes the 2nd bus driver that has collected monies from the Edgecombe County Public Schools in the past couple of months. Rev. Donnie Atkinson was awarded $40,000 about 2 months ago. What is up with that? Will other bus drivers be able to sue the board or is this the end? Oh well!

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