In Response To “School board worries about ailing member”

First of all this article was brought to my attention and after reading it I found it quite hilarious. I can’t believe the school board members had this type of conversation in open session. The comments lead me to believe that none of the board members have spoken to Olga Dickens but I could be wrong.

I know someone very close to the family and I have been keeping up with her through that person. I have heard several rumors about Dickens condition and some had me very worried. My sources did tell me and continue to tell me that Dickens has been very, very sick.

I find the following comments to be quite interesting, “Do we have any idea if this seat will become vacant or if our fellow school board member will return to us? Scott asked. Scott said that two people have approached her with concerns about the lack of representation of their district on the board. Other school board members said they have received calls as well.”

“My heart goes out to Mrs. Dickens and I hope she improves,” said Ann Kent, vice chairman of the school board. “However, I am more concerned that her district is not being monitored and represented the way it should be.”

“From the comments I have heard, people feel that we are allowing this situation to continue and we don’t care about them, said the Rev. Raymond Privott, board member for District 6.”

Kent who has worked at Edgecombe Community College for decades, Scott being a Social Worker and Rev. Privott being a former School Administrator and now a Pastor all ought to know how to reach out to someone.

When things are going on in one’s life time really flies and I am quite sure that can be said about someone going through such a sickening time as Dickens has experienced for months now.

But to say that someone has complained about not having any representation I think that is too broad of a statement. To say they are not being represented without any details can be quite interesting. What is it that any board member is doing that Dickens has missed out on? Someone in District 2 that has any concerns should be able to contact any board member and “they” should be able to address any school related issue.

If the issue is someone is complaining that Dickens is continuing to receive a check and not attending the meetings, then I could understand that better. However board members are elected so therefore it is up to them to resign from the board before their term is up. This is no different than if a person was to get sick on a job, do they just quit before they find out they can no longer return?

I am glad the school attorney and the UNC School of Government spoke to the issue so that whomever the board members are speaking for can understand what is going on.

As a community activist and long time follower of the Edgecombe County Board of Education I find the article to be quite interesting and could be misleading. Since the school board members meet only one time a month, I am curious to know why those who are complaining feel they are not being represented. I would love to know if the board members have reached out to Dickens to address others and their concerns.

Curmilus Dancy II
Citizen School Board District 6

Read original article in the Rocky Mount Telegram: School board worries about ailing member