Petition for the removal of the Nash-Rocky Mount six-member alliance and reinstatement of Dr. Anthony Jackson

Petition for the removal of the Nash-Rocky Mount six-member alliance and

reinstatement of Dr. Anthony Jackson

 

Petition summary and background

    We, the undersigned residents of Edgecombe and Nash Counties, NC, call for the resignation of the Nash-Rocky Mount School Board of Education six-member alliance (William Sharpe, Wayne Doll, Brenda Brown, Ricky Jenkins, Reginald Silver, and Wendy Wilson) responsible for the forced resignation of Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. We believe that these elected officials have failed to carry out their duties, shown poor educational and financial stewardship, and ultimately failed the more than 16,000 students who make up the Nash-Rocky Mount School system.  Additionally, we, the undersigned, believe that their motivations were significantly influenced by three Nash County Commissioners and other outside special interests resulting in the unjustified “termination” of Dr. Jackson.

     By choosing to vote for the removal of Dr. Jackson, the six-member alliance has made the Nash-Rocky Mount School Board of Education an ineffective entity and the citizens of Edgecombe and Nash Counties have lost all faith and confidence in their leadership.

     We request that the following members of the Board of Education – William Sharpe, Wayne Doll, Brenda Brown, Ricky Jenkins, Reginald Silver, and Wendy Wilson – resign no later than Monday, July 13, 2015 no later than 6:30 pm so we can move forward as a community and rebuild trust and faith in our education system.

     Additionally, we also request that Dr. Anthony Jackson be reinstated upon the resignation of the aforementioned alliance no later than Friday, July 17, 2015 at noon.

 

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Why did school board dismiss Jackson? – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Someone said that Bob Murphy firing was connected to money being given to the school system and Robbie Davis got mad with him.

Members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education might have found a friendlier audience in a hornets nest than the one they got in a special meeting of constituents Monday night.

The folks who filled a room at Rocky Mount High School weren’t happy. And who can blame them?

It’s hard to conceive of a more botched up way of firing a superintendent. Word leaked out months ago that Dr. Anthony Jackson was likely to be forced out of his position before next fall. And yet school board members continued to stay mum when asked repeatedly what was going on by reporters … by parents … by teachers … and even by county commissioners. (Source: Read more)

SC raised Confederate flag in 1961 to insult nine black protesters — and took it down to honor nine slain – RawStory

The Political Agitator’s response: And to think that I was born in 1962, well!

A peculiar historical symmetry exists between South Carolina’s decision to raise the Confederate flag in 1961 and the state’s overnight vote Thursday to bring it down.

The flag was first hoisted over the Statehouse on April 11, 1961, as part of the centennial celebration of the firing on Fort Sumter, which opened the Civil War.

The flag was flown at the request of Aiken Rep. John A. May, who introduced a resolution during the next legislative session to display the flag over the Statehouse, and lawmakers approved his measure March 16, 1962 – after the flag had remained flying for nearly a year. (Source: Read more)

FBI: Church gunman shouldn’t have been able to get gun – WRAL

WASHINGTON — The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of “heartbreaking” missed opportunities and background check flaws that allowed the transaction to take place.

“We are all sick that this has happened,” Comey told reporters at an unusual, hastily scheduled meeting at FBI headquarters. “We wish we could turn back time, because from this vantage point, everything seems obvious. But we cannot.” (Source: Read more)

Tarboro NC – Garland Shepherd Tarboro City Council Need To Be Replaced, Now Is The Time!

The Political Agitator’s response: I too agree with Candis Owens Shepherd needs to go!
Candis Owens

Tarboro Ward 8 Elections. This will be long just so you know………..

After reading the lead story July 7th in the RM Telegram, “First day filers make election bids official” there was no doubt in my mind that I would respond. I served on the Town Council 4 years, 2 of which I sat beside Garland Shepherd. Again, there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Shepherd’s primary goal has always been to make the Town Council look as dysfunctional as possible at the expense of every citizen of this town. At many council meetings Mr. Shepherd would ask the same question over and over after his questions had been answered. If he did not hear what he wanted to hear then he continued to hound department heads (nearly) to the point of harassment. In my opinion, Mr. Shepherd feels like he has all of the correct answers and knows the working of the town better than those trained and hired to run the town. Mr. Shepherd has NEVER taken the NC required ethics training. If he has attended any advertised Town Council meetings outside of the regular monthly meetings then I am not aware of them. He did not attend the 2015 weekend Town Council retreat which actually was a good thing. I’m sorry Ward 8 that you were not represented but your Council member chose not to represent you,—again. Actually, it was reported to me that more was accomplished at that meeting than had been accomplished in the last 2 years of Council meetings because Mr. Shepherd chose not to represent you, the only absent Council member.

The newspaper story in last Tuesday’s paper quoted Mr. Shepherd as saying, “I’m interested in looking after the people of Tarboro and ensure they have good government. I’ve felt like some things that have come up needed my attention and I don’t want to walk away from that before some issues are resolved. He was quoted as saying he has been happy to see some of the issues he has raised, especially among city parks, addressed, but he still is concerned with the financial investigations into former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble and current Mayor Rick Page”. Let me see now………..The only issue Mr. Shepherd had with Parks and Recreation was over the cleanliness of the bathrooms. He talked about that numerous times at Town Council meetings. Is that an issue that grows our town. I don’t think so…….. He got bathrooms on his mind and it was like slinging a snake…………

Now, let’s think about being concerned with financial investigations into former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble and current Mayor Rick Page……Mr. Shepherd and Mayor Rick Page, were the only Council members who voted not to send the initial investigative report to the NC State Auditor, Beth Wood. They were perfectly willing to sweep $366,000 in Sam Noble’s questionable reimbursements under the table. (The $366,000 was only for the last 5 years that Mr. Noble was Town Manager as those were the only records found.) Mayor Rick Page was on the Council at the time the vote was taken thus had a vote. It was purely obvious to the remaining Council members that further investigation was not only necessary but the ONLY right thing to do for the citizens of this town.

In another recent RM Telegram article titled, “Ex-Tarboro manager censured by officials”, it was reported that 2 government management associations recently revoked Sam Nobles status as a credentialed local government manager. Webster”s Dictionary defines censure as, “1. An expression of blame or disapproval. 2. An official rebuke”. To be rebuked by ones professional organization is not a small matter—-but a total slam………

According to the article, Martha Perego, the director of ethics for the international association was quoted as saying that, “Noble benefitted from misusing public funds and failed in his ethical duties to protect public resources, follow town policy and set the example of proper behavior for town employees. In making the purchases, Mr. Noble violated town policy by failing to complete purchase orders; used his personal credit card to make the purchases; had many items shipped to his home instead of town office; and failed to sufficiently document the business purpose of the purchases”.

All of this is to say, WARD 8, please wake up and smell the coffee. Your Council representative continues to do all in his power to convince you that the NC State Auditor and “two government management associations” don’t know all that Mr. Shepherd knows and therefore $366,000 is alright to just forget about and sweep under the table instead of allowing the legal process to play out——–OH, and we have clean bathrooms in the parks……

WARD 8 desperately needs someone to step up to the plate and give your ward a choice of whom to vote for.

Our town stands a GREAT chance to move forward or we stand a GREAT chance to move backward 20 years. IT’S UP TO YOU, WARD 8……….

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My condolences goes out to Margaret Deal and the entire family of the late Ethel Dell Pittman Hobgood NC.

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

Song: Praying For You – William Murphy

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My condolences goes out to Chaplain Mark Dickens and the entire family of the late Apostle Alice McKnight Dickens Rocky Mount NC.

Another soldier gone on home. I truly enjoyed hearing her speak on the radio, tv and in the community.

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

Song: Soon We Will Done With The Troubles Of This World – Mahalia Jackson

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