I must address the Edgecombe County Public Schools because I believe they are not following procedures for coming out of Closed Session meetings. Although many times I am the only citizen that stays until they come out of closed session I have begin to wonder about the board actions. Problem number one is before I get in the room they be gone back into open session. Problem number 2 they don’t discuss anything about what happened in closed session.
Today I just happen to run into Sandra Jones former Associate Superintendent in Walmart. She did not see me so I hollered out to speak to her. After I caught up with her I questioned what was she doing these days. I also asked her did she live in Tarboro in which I thought she did but was not for sure. The conversation with her was the longest I have ever held with her since she came to Edgecombe County Public Schools.
Ms. Jones told me she was working in Pitt County as an Associate Superintendent of K-8 something. I was just totally shocked because I thought I had heard or read somewhere that she had retired so I thought she was not working anywhere.
So obviously what I had heard several months ago that Faye Taylor board member had said that it was too many blacks in the Central Office must have been true. I am going to say I got my confirmation today. I say that because Ms. Jones said she was told by Dr. Wayne Talley that he was going to renew her contract for 2 years and then he did a 360 on her.
Recently I was in New Bern visiting the in-laws and mother-in-law was telling me that a female from Craven County Public Schools was coming to Edgecombe County Public Schools. Well I was on my laptop at the time and I did a search online in the Sun Journal Newspaper in Craven County. This is when I found out who the female was. I did a post on my blog about her and I thought maybe she was replacing Roland Whitted to later find out in the Daily Southerner that Dr. Renee Franklin replaced Sandra Jones. Someone that read my blog said they were shocked when they read it and that they didn’t think the job had been advertised. They said they would have applied for it. And then later I ran into someone else who lives outside of the county at the moment and they said they may would have been interested in the position. I don’t know if the position was posted on the Edgecombe County Public Schools website or not because I don’t check the link to employment.
I was told that the position was posted but under a title that folks probably didn’t know it was the position that Sandra Jones had held.
I remember one night at a board meeting whereby John Westberg was there with an attorney and they met in closed session with the board. I understand the other person was an attorney to mediate Westberg’s complaint as he addressed the board and the board attorney. I was told Westberg was trying to have his records sealed. So if that was the case why was he in the newspaper recently where he is suing Edgecombe County Public Schools?
So I wonder who else has a lawsuit?
I wonder is Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana VanderLinden suing?
I wonder is Sandra Jones suing because I believe she may have a lawsuit if it is true that her contract was not renewed based on race Faye Taylor said it was too many blacks in the Central Office? I don’t know that much about Ms. Jones and I have not heard anyone say anything negative about her unlike LeFiles and VanderLinden.
So I wonder did Dr. Talley run Juanita Westry away because I wonder was she really ready to retire? I don’t know her like that but maybe I will run into her in Walmart one day. However I don’t know if she lives in Tarboro so that may never happen.
So I wonder why is Dr. Talley really leaving? Is he really sick? It is funny that I have not seen anything in the newspaper about if the board renewed his contract. I can’t remember if the terms of his contract was for one year, two years or what? Can someone tell me? Maybe I will call him on tomorrow to see better yet I will send him an email tonight along with the board members.
You know it is funny that when school board issues arise, I don’t hear about any meetings in the black community. But I did read in the local newspaper about a group that met to support Quincy Robinson and also they were going to hold a forum to invite all 3 candidates but I could not attend. Of course Robinson nor the other candidates Rev. Roy Gray and Thomas Edison were appointed because the board deadlocked on Gray and Edison for 2 consecutive meetings.
What I have been told is that meetings have been held in the white community pertaining to recent/past Superintendent issues and other. I received a call from a white person asking me to meet with them about supporting Dr. Lana VanderLinden last year.
I thought I was going to like Dr. Talley after meeting him at the College Round Up back in March and then after seeing that he was going to make some changes in the Central Office. But for some reason I have had mixed emotions about him because he kept stressing that he was going to do the right thing.
In my closing I find myself dealing with the following, “With all of the recent happenings surrounding Dr. Talley I am questioning why he has resigned?” So is he really sick physically or mentally? Some folks have been saying he is crazy but I was willing to give him a chance.
Edgecombe County Public Schools
Note: Updated 8/22/11 22:14.