Teresa DeLoatch Bryant District 2 Representative Edgecombe County Board of Education Reflects on Service/Public Schools As She Is About To Exit Off The Board

Response: Bryant will be missed, she was always asking the right questions and challenging the system to do what she felt was in the best interest of the children.


The past five years have been both challenging and interesting ones to say the least. All in all, however, I must say that it has truly been an honor to serve as the representative for District 2 on the Edgecombe County Board of Education.

Although I could never be accused of having a great love for children, I do have a great love and passion for ensuring that they are well-educated. This passion stems from the fact that I am a perfect example of the power of education in transforming lives. It is my heartfelt desire that every child in Edgecombe County be armed with a quality education when they graduate from high school no matter what career or educational path they choose thereafter.

Although I began writing this piece thinking I would do so from the perspective of a soon to be “former” board member, I ultimately concluded that writing the piece from the perspective of a parent might be enlightening and encouraging for the general public which has stood steadfast by our public school system in one role or another over the years.

One of the greatest responsibilities that I have as a parent is to ensure that my child receives a quality education. We started her educational career in private Christian school in Greensboro and continued that path when we first moved to Tarboro with her attending private Christian school in Rocky Mount. After I joined the school board in July of 2007, she enrolled at Stocks and spent a total of four years out of the five that I have served on the board in our public school system.

As many of you know, we chose to go back to private Christian school last year and I am so glad that we did because it taught me a lot. It taught me that my child knew and had been taught even more in our public school system than I would have ever thought. How did I find that out? Well, she competed and excelled in an environment where I could not have handpicked a more rigorous curriculum with children who had been in what I thought to be an idealistic environment since kindergarten. Another parent might attribute it exclusively to natural giftedness of the child or their own efforts but I am not so delusional. She competed and excelled because she had been taught and she had been taught well by those who toll in their respective roles in the Edgecombe County Public Schools. We are very blessed that for this school year she has been taught by some outstanding teachers in our public school system whose skills rival any of those that she has had before in private schools.

Accordingly, it is in this public forum that I take the opportunity to thank all of the teachers, administrators, classified and unclassified staff members in general with the Edgecombe County Public School System who have touched the life of my child and contributed to her growth as a student and citizen and who have done the same thing for so many other children.

The state of public education in North Carolina and our nation as a whole is a topic that we could debate on many pages of this newspaper. Yes, I am concerned daily about negative influences, behavior and all of the social ills that you hear about in the public schools. Of equal concern, however, is the prospect of my child leaving home and going off to college unprepared for many of the lessons that are learned in public school. Although I would hope that she would choose a respectable university such as NC State or Duke, there is another university that she has strong ties to and she could go there for goodness sake.

If I could erase all of the teachable moments that made me cringe when I have talked to her about them in her four years of being educated in our public school system, would I? Should I? The answer is no. I would not because I am preparing her for life. It is the truth that the decision to take a year off from public school was due in part to the issues previously mentioned but when I look at her peer group this year – how well they maintained – how much they obviously learned last year – I think to myself “did I do her a bigger favor or myself a bigger favor” by making the change.

Much is said about the role of the parent and parent activism in schools and in this context we often speak negatively about what we deem to be dysfunctional families and young parents’ involvement or lack thereof but the truth of the matter is that the activism of the parents who are married, who are educated, etc. should be a comparable matter of concern to the state of the traditional public school. We can all do more and should do more for our public school system and I challenge each of you to make your pledge now for what you will start doing in the fall for our schools.

In closing, I will say that which should come as no surprise to you. I am not an opponent of school choice. What I must also say, however, is that in my years of seeking out the best educational opportunity for my child, I have found no solution that stands out head and shoulders above any others. That goes for public schools, private schools, charter schools or home schools. They are all a mixed bag with both pros and cons and at any given time in a particular child’s educational career one may be a better solution than the other for the child and/or the parent.

This notwithstanding, I am proud to say that the Edgecombe County Public School System still has a great deal to offer, not only to the children who may not have the option of school choice, it has a great deal to offer those children who do.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you.

Teresa DeLoatch Bryant

District 2 Representative

Edgecombe County Board of Education

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Dickens, Robinson vie for ECPS District 2 seat – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — A town council member from Speed and a former Princeville town manager are vying for the District 2 seat on the Edgecombe County Public Schools board.

Olga Dickens, 57, of Speed, and Quincy Robinson, 62, of Tarboro, are seeking the seat currently held by Teresa Deloatch Bryant. Bryant chose not to seek reelection, citing personal reasons. (More)

District 2 Board Member Teresa DeLoatch Bryant contacted the Daily Southerner to comment on the article "Schools Facing Budget Reductions."

District 2 Board Member Teresa DeLoatch Bryant contacted the Daily Southerner to comment on the article "Schools Facing Budget Reductions."  Ms. Bryant sought to clarify that what may be perceived by some as intense questioning by her on a subject is not an indication of what her position is on the subject.  While she does acknowledge that she engaged in such questioning at the board meeting, she wanted to note that she never indicated to anyone what her position is on the matter.  She does strongly believe that a recommendation to close the school should come hand in hand with a firm recommendation on how those students would be served if the school is closed. 


In addition, she wanted to clarify that she never thought that attendance or performance were irrelevant to an examination of whether the school should be closed.  In fact she thinks that this would be an illogical position for anyone to take when engaging in this analysis.  Instead, however, she stated that it is somewhat disingenuous to compare an alternative school to the traditional schools in these regards when we already know that many of the children who are being served by the alternative school have exhibited problems or deficiencies in various areas that will take time to improve.   


Simply looking at the numbers is too superficial of an analysis for her to make in the times that we are living in today when serious disciplinary and behavioral issues are rampant in schools.  Instead, however, she is concerned about how this will impact the students who attend the alternative school; the teachers and staff at the alternative school as well as how it will impact the teachers and students who are not in the alternative schools.


Reform or Retreat?  What will cost us more in the long run is the question that Ms. Bryant is pondering.


Response: Roberson School is in Bryant’s district. She should have concerns however the other board members should have concerns as well. See my other comments in the link below. But most of all look at the video of the meeting for yourself. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher


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Edgecombe considers closing alternative school – Rocky Mount Telegram 


Video/Pictures: Tarboro NC: Edgecombe County Public Schools March Meeting, Will They Close Roberson School And Cut Travel And Training Expense? How Does The Board Chair Get Away Without Attending The Mandatory 12 Hours of Training?

Edgecombe County Public Schools “BRYANT HAS NOT MADE ANY DECISION ABOUT 2012”

It has come to my attention that after reading Mr. Gray’s Letter to the Editor, some members of the public now believe that I have affirmatively decided to run for election in 2012 (because obviously that is the only way the voters will be able to address me). I have received a number of phone calls and messages regarding the same in less than a twenty-four (24) hour period.

I do not want the public to think that I am telling some people one thing and others another with regards to my intention to run. I have not told anyone that I have made a decision to run in 2012.

I provided a public response to Mr. Dancy’s question regarding what my intentions are in 2012 and I personally mailed that response along with a cover letter to all three candidates for appointment to the District 2 seat the week of our last board meeting. That response clearly indicated that I have not made any such decision.

Thanks so much for your continued support.

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Gray: District 2 needs a black – Source: The Daily Southerner

Board Deadlocked On Appointment

Principals Hired For Princeville and Patillo Schools In Edgecombe County, See Resignations, New Hires, Transfers, Reduction in Force, Leave of Absence and Transfers/Reassignments For July 20, 2011

Edgecombe County Public Schools Resignations, New Hires, Transfers, Reduction in Force, Leave of Absence and Transfers/Reassignments For July 11, 2011

Gray: District 2 needs a black – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — There is a term that has been around for a long time and it is "a man got to do, what a man got to do." That term applies to me now. (Read more)

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Principals Hired For Princeville and Patillo Schools In Edgecombe County, See Resignations, New Hires, Transfers, Reduction in Force, Leave of Absence and Transfers/Reassignments For July 20, 2011 

Edgecombe County Public Schools Resignations, New Hires, Transfers, Reduction in Force, Leave of Absence and Transfers/Reassignments For July 11, 2011 

Board Deadlocked On Appointment

White Candidate should represent District 2 in poll – Source: The Daily Southerner

Now this is just too funny. Here we go again Terry Smith editor of the newspaper trying to justify their movement.

So again something to mislead folks because how many of these people live in the district, how many voted more than once?

See article: “White Candidate should represent District 2 in poll.”

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Poll In The Daily Southerner About Race Pertaining To The Edgecombe County Public Schools BOE That Ended In A Deadlock 

Edgecombe County Public Schools

Breaking News – Attorney Teresa D. Bryant Has Rescinded Her Resignation

The board unanimously voted to allow Attorney Teresa D. Bryant to continue to serve on the board throughout her tenure. This does my heart some good because I had begged Bryant to stay on although I respected her reasoning for resigning.

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