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Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr.
On 03/18/19, Corporal R. Dozier II was working as the School Resource Officer at Southwest Edgecombe High School. School staff brought to Corporal Dozier’s attention that Jerome Faison Jr, a custodian at the school, had made threats to other staff and possibly had a gun. Corporal Dozier was able to get consent and to search Faison’s vehicle where he located a loaded handgun.
Faison was charged with Weapon on Educational Property and Carry Concealed Weapon. He was transported to the magistrate’s office where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond and released.
Sheriff Atkinson applauds school staff and Corporal Dozier for taking quick action and resolving this incident safely.
Note: Don’t get it twisted the Sheriff Office has a job to do and they did their part. It is the school system job to inform the parents about situations that take place at school where their children are during the day.
The Gate Keeper’s response: Thank you Sheriff Atkinson for always having safety and what you can do to help make Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play. I have found this brother to be one of the most caring men that I know. He love people and is a people’s person. Thank you for your humbleness but yet outspokenness because in this society we need someone with both traits.
TARBORO — Retired Edgecombe County deputies are helping keep middle schools safe thanks to a new state grant.
“We have three retired deputies covering the five middle schools,” said Sgt. Joe Cofield of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, who supervises the county’s school resource officers.
The retired deputies spend time every day at each school on a rotating basis.
“They spend fours in the morning then four hours in the afternoon at another school,” Cofield said.
The five middle schools in Edgecombe are: (Read more)
Olga Dickens has resigned from the Edgecombe County Board of Education.
Dickens has been experiencing some long-term health issues that have prevented her from attending school board meetings since February. In a letter this week to board Chairwoman Evelyn Wilson, Dickens expressed her regret for having to make the decision to leave the board.
“First, let me thank you again for your continued support and prayers during my illness,” she stated in the letter. “I thoroughly enjoyed being a member of this board. The thought that the community had enough confidence in me to allow me this opportunity makes it even more regrettable that I find it necessary to resign from my position on the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education effective immediately. If there is any way I can help in any capacity, please know that I will be honored to do so.”
Wilson said school board members are sad to see her go but understand the need for the resignation and respect the spirit of the act. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: Dr. Bridges did the right thing because the County Commissioners fund the school system and the town of Princeville Commissioners need to come together and make sure everything is in place. What folk need to understand is that the elected officials can listen to the citizens but they have to make the best decision that they will be accountable for. Putting the school system back up and rolling is one thing but to be able have long term funding is the main thing. I don’t get it because just like the children moved during the school year due to the flood they can move during the school year if necessary. I remember we moved into a new high school SouthWest during the school year of February 1979 because I helped some teachers move.
TARBORO — The fate of Princeville Elementary School still remains uncertain as Monday night’s expected vote on the issue did not take place.
The “approval of Princeville Elementary School” was listed on the agenda for the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education meeting, and the school board was expected to vote on the restoration of the school that was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew roughly a year ago. However, Superintendent Dr. Valerie Bridges announced at the meeting that the vote had been delayed.
“At this time we will need to remove that item,” Bridges said. “There are a couple of meetings that need to occur before we make a final decision or it is brought to a vote before the board.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)