Video/Pictures: Edgecombe County Public Schools – Leadership Academy Training Day 4


This chart Superintendent Farrelly is holding is history. He tore it up and put it in the trash.

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The Leadership Academy Training day 4 began with an opening by Dr. Meghan Doyle DPI with a brief overview of day 1 – 3. Only the schools and central office DPI were present today no parents nor students present. I guess I was the only parent present.

Superintendent John Farrelly followed Dr. Doyle and he showed a video of some of the activities from day 1 – 3. Farrelly put captions on the pictures and everyone was dying laughing. They gave a round of applause after the video of themselves. After the video Farrelly rolled over a trash can and he pulled out paper charts that was stationed at the central office where items had been recorded of weaknesses in the central office.

Following Farrelly was Karen Dameron Assistant Superintendent who talked about how she had observed the group during this training. She said she observed several things so therefore she put together an exercise dealing with animals. She asked everyone to pick an animal that represented being slow, quick, one that is a metaphor that changes and one that can keep things in their minds.

The turtle represented being slow, the cheater represented quickness, the butterfly represented change and the elephant represented being able to keep things in their minds.

Dameron then asked the elementary, middle, high school, DPI and central office to get together in groups to come up with how they would address each animal in their schools. The groups then gave their response.

I think everyone enjoyed the exercise that would be a means of accountability for each school.

Dannie T. Williams Principal North Edgecombe High School was given the opportunity to address the group. He asked that everyone stand up and make a circle. He said he wanted to share something with everyone, something that he does in his school. He asked everyone to hold hands. He held up a ball and he said watch the ball and see what happens when we are connected. Wow! Williams showed that the ball will light up when everyone is holding hands (connected). He asked that someone in the back to take their hands out of the person’s hand beside them. The light went out. He asked the person to put their hands in the person hand beside them again and the light came back on. He asked that someone to the left of him to take their hands out of the person’s hand beside them and the light went out again. But then when they (reconnected) the light came back on. What a powerful presentation. I think everyone was amazed and everyone including myself wanted to know where did he got that ball.

Dr. Doyle then asked that DPI and the central office to go to their meeting rooms. She asked that the elementary, middle and high schools to stay here in the gymnasium. The groups were asked to do a peer review.

I have really enjoyed all that have taken place this morning and if everyone keeps this up I believe ECPS will go to another level.


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Edgecombe County Public Schools Approved Personnel: Resignations, Transfers, New Hires . . .

Approved Personnel Items

May 9, 2011
May 23, 2011
June 13, 2011
July 11, 2011
July 20, 2011
August 8, 2011
September 12, 2011
October 10, 2011
November 21, 2011
December 12, 2011
January 9, 2012
January 31, 2012
February 13, 2012
March 12, 2012
April 9, 2012
May 14, 2012
May 30, 2012
June 11, 2012
July 9, 2012
July 23, 2012
August 13, 2012 

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Regular Meeting of the Edgecombe County Board of Education Monday October 10, 2011 6:30 PM Redistricting Public Hearing Top Of The Agenda

Regular Meeting of the Edgecombe County Board of Education

Edgecombe County Board Rooms

412 Pearl Street

Tarboro, NC 27886

October 10, 2011



(1) Call to Order of Regular Meeting of the Board

(1.1) Pledge of Allegiance

(2) Recognition – none

(3) Public Hearing

(3.1) Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Redistricting Plan

(4) Public Comments

(This time for public comments has been established for citizens who desire to address the board and who register prior to the start of the meeting. The Board has established a 3-minute time limitation for comments to be taken into consideration by the Board. Public comments must relate to items on the agenda. Feedback will not be given during the Board Session. If a response is necessary, the Board will respond within ten working days. Thank you. [Edgecombe County Board of Education Policy 2210])


(5) Approval of Agenda

(6) Approval of Open Session Minutes

(7) Items for Information

(7.1) Field Trips:

SWEHS – J.A. Holmes High School, Edenton, NC; Band Competition; 10/01/2011;

12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

W.A. Pattillo – NC Zoo, Asheboro, NC; 6th Grade; 10/06/2011; 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

(7.2) SAT Scores 2010-2011

(8) Committee Reports

(8.1) Policy #4300 Code of Student Conduct (Revision)

(8.2) Policy #4300-R Disciplinary Guidelines (Procedures)

(8.3) Policy #4303 Student Suspension Procedures (Procedures)

(9)A. Consent Items (One Motion Approval)

(9.1.A) Approval of Field Trips:

SWEHS – Clayton High School, Clayton, NC; Band Competition: 10/15/2011;

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

SEMS – NC State Fair, Raleigh, NC; 8th Grade; 10/17/2011; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SWEHS – NC State Fair, Raleigh, NC; 10/20/2011; 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SWEHS – Greene Central High School, Snowhill, NC; Band Competition; 10/22/2011

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Elementary/Middle/High Schools Migrant Students – NC Museum of National Sciences,

Raleigh, NC; 10/22/2011; 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Board Agenda September 12, 2011

Page 2

W.A. Pattillo – Aquarium/Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, NC; 10/28/2011; 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SWEHS – ECU, Greenville, NC; College Band Day; 10/29/2011; 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

SWEHS – Campbell University, Buies Creek ,NC; 11/01/2011; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

THS – Airborne/Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC; JROTC; 11/02/2011;

7:30 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

C. B. Martin Middle – Museum of History/Natural Science Museum/Legislative Building,

Raleigh, NC; 8th Grade; 11/04/2011; 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

SWEHS – NC School Science & Math, Durham, NC; 11/07/2011; 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

THS –Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC; JROTC; 11/09/2011;

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SWEHS – NC Central University, Durham, NC; 11/18/2011; 8;30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

SWEHS – Regional Drill Competition, Hertford County High School, Ahoskie, NC; 11/19/2011;

5:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

PMS – John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Grades 6-8; 02/06/2012; 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

EECS – Middle College National Consortium Leadership Conference, Carson City, CA;

04/18/2012 Departure Time: 5:00 a.m. – 04/22/2012 Return Time: 12:00 a.m.

(9)B. Items for Action

(9.1.B) Approval of 2011-2012 Budget Amendments

Motion Required: I make a motion under the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, Sections 143-318.11 (a) (1), (a) (3), and (a) (6), to go into Closed Session to consider personnel matters, to consult with the attorney to preserve attorney-client privileged information, and to prevent the disclosure of student records rendered confidential under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, and the disclosure of personnel records rendered confidential under G.S. 115C-319 through 321.


(10.1) Personnel Management

(10.1.1) Listed Personnel (Contracted, New Hires, Resignations, Retirements,

Substitutes, Transfers, Leave Requests, etc.)

(10.2) Student Management

(10.2.1) Student Transfers

(10.3) Review of Closed Session Minutes


(11) Approval of Resolution Adopting New Election Regarding District Boundaries

(12) Approval of Closed Session Items:

(12.1) Personnel

(12.2) Closed Session Minutes

(13) Board Correspondence – None

(14) Items Brought by Board Members or Superintendent for Consideration/Discussion

(15) Adjourn

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Video/Pictures – Breaking News: Dr. Adelphos (Del) Burns Was Sworn In As Interim Superintendent For Edgecombe County Public Schools Beginning Tomorrow Instead Of October 1, 2011

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Video/Pictures – Breaking News: Dr. Adelphos (Del) Burns Was Sworn In As Interim Superintendent For Edgecombe County Public Schools Beginning Tomorrow Instead Of October 1, 2011

Dr. Adelphos (Del) Burns was sworn in as interim Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education this evening. Dr. Burns will begin on tomorrow Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Dr. Burns was welcomed onboard and Dr. Wayne Talley was thanked by the board for his services.

I am looking forward to Dr. Burns doing some wonderful things during his stay here. Dr. Burns didn’t like the things that the Wake County Public Schools Board of Education chair and other board members were implementing while he was the Superintendent there so he decided to resign.

I have been following Wake County Public Schools for several years now and I believe that Dr. Burns did a wonderful job. My good friends in Wake County one being J. Ronald White President South Central Wake County NAACP and 4th vice president NC NAACP State Conference of Branches all have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Burns.

Although I spoke to Dr. Burns on tonight I want to welcome Dr. Burns to Edgecombe County.

Keith Pittman Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Member was presented a plaque in honor of South Edgecombe Middle School Gymnasium being named in his honor during the past board meeting.

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Dr. Aldelphos (Del) Burns Interim Superintendent (Click on picture to view pictures.)


Dr. Wayne Talley Former Superintendent (Click on picture to view pictures.)


Keith Pittman Board Member (Click on picture to view pictures.)


The following is from ECPS Lauren Edmondson Communications Specialist.


Picture courtesy of Lauren Edmondson ECPS Communications Specialist.


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Repost: From the Publisher – Response to Evelyn Wilson Edgecombe County BOE Chair “Schools help – not hurt – students”

First of all I attended the Edgecombe County Public Schools board of education meeting on this past Monday night. During the transition from the public meeting and the break before they began the closed meeting, Evelyn Wilson was explaining to the Rocky Mount Telegram’s reporter a black female that she didn’t know what the D.A. Robert A. Evans was referring to because he had not been to a school board meeting. After listening to them I said, how do you know he was talking about ECPS and both of them walked over to where I was sitting. I said Evans used to sit on the Rocky Mount Charter School board and so did Leonard Wiggins whom Wilson named in her response.

It is my opinion that Evans has served on both sides of the fence whereby he has served on the Rocky Mount Charter School Board and in the courtroom. I am quite sure he is a parent as well, but I don’t know him personally so I am not going to attempt to speak for him. However he does a good job speaking for himself.

I find Evelyn Wilson’s response in defense of the Edgecombe County Public Schools to be quite interesting especially when I am an involved Negro and has been since the early 90’s however I am a product of the ECPS. I have a daughter that just graduated on this past Friday and I have a son who will be going to the middle school on next year.

I know the board objective should be to educate all children however Wilson and other board members are very much aware that there are some educators who does not give a damn about the children and/or they feel do not have the necessary skills. Administrators are removed from the classroom and sent to the central office from time to time. Some administrators are removed from certain schools and the list goes on. But the thing is the board of education never give a reason to the public why such moves. Unlike some folks I understand that it is a personnel issue.

Wilson you say parents do not need to spend a lot of time challenging the school system. Well Wilson I have had to challenge the system dating back to 1993 when a group of children who staged a walkout at SouthWest Edgecombe High School when a white coach grabbed a black student around the neck in the hallway. The white student body government President and other students protested. I received numerous calls the night before. I went to work at 5:00 am that morning and got off at 9:00 am and went to the school to help resolve this issue. I was the 1st vice president of the Rocky Mount NAACP during that time.

After the incident above I became a member of (P.I.E.) Partners in Education where the late Beverly May along with Katie Staton was the chair and co-chair. The group was able to get black males to volunteer to work in the school system running copies and doing other minor things. The goal was to have some black role models in the school since there was a shortage of black male teachers.

The principal at that time Lowell Thomas said I couldn’t volunteer nor T. C. Cherry former Highway Patrol and now currently an Edgecombe County Commissioner because we were both racist. I had responded to Cherry who had written an article in the Rocky Mount Telegram saying a local grocery store closed because black people were stealing merchandise.

One day Thomas and I had a deep discussion and he invited me to the cornfield (a racist term) and walked out of the school in front of me. The Rocky Mount NAACP where I served as the 1st Vice President asked for his resignation. Later the President Rev. Elbert Lee, Rev. Richard Joyner, Evelyn Wilson and some other black folks met with Thomas and nothing was done.

Wilson you say, “it is the business of Edgecombe County Public Schools to help students, not hurt them.” It should be and I trust that the majority of the administrators have that mentality.

I know that because of my challenge at  South Edgecombe Middle School in a one year’s time frame 2 principals were moved to the Central Office. We later got principal number 3 who retired at the end of the year and then it was principal number 4 which was the first black principal in the schools history. But he was not ready however he had some racist administrators to deal with.

Well Wilson what in the hell do you think happened when principal number 1 at South Edgecombe Middle School tried to keep my daughter and several others from receiving the “A” honor roll several years ago at the end of the 6th grade school year. The “A” students received a trophy and my daughter was given the “B” honor roll. My wife and I spent countless hours during that summer learning how to do an excel spreadsheet. After exhausting all of our means and addressing the board of education that summer, it appeared we were not getting anywhere. But the good master laid the answer on us and at the beginning of the following school year South Edgecombe had to go back and have another ceremony not only to give my daughter her “A” and the trophy but they had to give others theirs as well.

The Superintendent of ECPS during that time found out that we had a problem with the grading system within the middle school. He found that if a child moved from one middle school in the county that their grades did not truly follow them. The middle schools were not truly using the SIMS system and were doing the grades by hand so they say. The system put something in place to take care of the problem.

I also challenged principal number 1 that same year when he got on the intercom and called all the black males to the auditorium to lecture them because he was trying to send a message that black males were at-risk. Well damn all of the males were not per say at risk. However hell all black folks are at-risk if you let some folks tell the story. What this principal did was unprofessional to single out all black males during the school day so what kind of message did that send to the white males, white females and the black females as it relates to black males as if they all were troublemakers. This principal had the audacity to communicate with me via emails and I still have them on file. How ignorant or maybe he just didn’t care.

Well Wilson what in the hell do you think happened when my daughter watched principal number 2 ban me from the school because I questioned the process used during the PTO election night and after the election when we went to the various classrooms to pick up report cards and to talk to the teachers? The principal followed me as we went to the classrooms. In one of my daughter’s classes I asked the teacher about an issue with a grade pertaining to a question on a test. The principal said okay Dancy leave. I said I have not done anything and so he said he was going to call the police. I said to call him. I went to the next class and my wife and daughter followed him to the office. I waited for the Sheriff Deputy to come while standing outside talking to the Pinetops Police who came out but could not act because it was out of his jurisdiction. The deputy asked us where was the principal and we said inside. When the deputy came back out he said the principal wanted me to leave. I said can I get a police report and he said it would not be one. I left the school and 2 days later I received a letter from the Superintendent that I was banned from the school. I recorded the election on video and presented this to the board. I was recording my daughter’s volleyball games at the time and basketball season was going to start afterwards. I gave the coaches a copy so they could view the video and learn from their mistakes. But remember I  was banned from the school.

Principal number 2  administrators who served on the PTO and School Improvement Team where I was a member had a problem with me because I challenged them.  They told him they had a problem with me because I had a talk show on a local radio station. What did they have to hide? I requested that the Central Office provide the administrators with diversity training and they did along with G.W. Carver Elementary School as well. You know they were mad with me about this.

Principal number 2 only stayed at the school from the beginning of the school year until December

Principal number 3 sent a letter to all of the administrators shortly after he arrived saying I was allowed back into the school because he did not see where I had done anything wrong.

So Wilson I beg the difference when you say, “Schools help – not hurt students.” That should be the final answer however that is not the case always. Well my friend the system hurt my daughter as well as my wife and I.

You also said, “the parents do not need to spend a lot of time challenging the system.”  My wife and I had to challenge the system an entire summer. Hell we would have loved to spent that summer doing other things however it was all about justice, justice for my daughter and the others who benefitted.

Note: Original post dated: June 9, 2009 Reposted today because this is the beginning of a new school year and it is time to gear up again. Son is in the eighth grade at South Edgecombe Middle School and daughter is a Junior at North Carolina Central University and I am a proud parent of both.

From the Publisher – Response to Evelyn Wilson Edgecombe County BOE Chair “Schools help – not hurt – students” 

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Tarboro NC – Retired Secretary of Edgecombe County Public Schools

I seen Juanita Westry retired secretary of Edgecombe County Public Schools on Wednesday in Tarboro NC. Boy did she look good. She looked like she was not under any stress at all because I am assuming that was the case right before she retired. She just didn’t look like she was at peace. Well can’t say that after seeing her on yesterday. But then again I don’t know her like that no more than seeing her at the board meetings. Never really had any dealings with her other than speaking to her when I call to speak to the Superintendent and/or speaking to her at a board meeting. Just maybe I ought to try to get up with her to see if she was ready to retire or what. I am beginning to wonder now since I found out that Sandra Jones didn’t really retire but was forced out. Maybe Westry was too. Oh well.

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