Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Of Education Will Vote Again Today On A Candidate to Replace The Unexpired Term Of Attorney Teresa D. Bryant In District 2, Should Have Done The Right Thing At The June Meeting

So will the board do the right thing and appoint a board member in accordance to the make up of district since the district was created for a black to represent. Since Attorney Bryant is black then the appointment should go to a black candidate. But this 4 – 3 white majority board can’t figure that out. However Attorney Bryant did not participate in the voting process in June, so this actually makes the board a 4 – 2 majority white during the voting on a candidate to replace her.

So since the board ended with a tie during the June meeting, I have a question: “Can Attorney Bryant vote because I believe she removed herself during the time of the vote?”

It is a possibility that if Attorney Bryant voted and they voted along racial lines then the board chair could break the tie.

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The Edgecombe County Board of Education will meet in regular session Monday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. and not tomorrow 2nd Monday their regular monthly meeting day

The Edgecombe County Board of Education will meet in regular session Monday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Rooms at the Central Office located at 412 Pearl Street in Tarboro. Agenda will be posted prior to meeting.

More school layoffs coming – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — I love sitting down with The Daily Southerner because it does give news from the local area and this is what interests me. Tuesday I read Mr. Dancy’s defense of Superintendent Talley after another editorial ripped him and I still see that the real point is being missed. Fact is people can get petitions, write letters or even file lawsuits but it will do no good. (Read more)

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"Give Dr. Talley a chance"

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Bryant Focused on Positions Not Persons

Dr. Wayne Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools

Video 18 Minutes – Edgecombe County Public Schools – Dr. Lana VanderLinden, Diane LeFiles and Dr. Vonda Thweatt Jobs Eliminated Effective June 30, 2011

See what board member Ann Kent and Attorney Teresa D. Bryant had to say last night in regards to their votes to eliminate 3 positions in the Central Office.

Ann Kent wanted a role call.

The positions that were eliminated are:

Dr. VanderLinden – Associate Superintendent of Operations and Management
Lefiles –
Director of Community Relations
Dr. Thweatt – Director of Student Support Services

Video – Edgecombe County Boad of Education Passes Dr. Talley’s Restructuring Proposal 5-2 Monday March 21, 2011

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Video – Dr. Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Public Comments Monday March 14, 2011

Video – Dr. Wayne Talley Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Presentation At The Monday March 14 Meeting. See How The Board Members Responded To Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana VanderLinden Positions Being Eliminated

Dr. Wayne Talley

Edgecombe County Public Schools – Dr. Lana VanderLinden, Diane LeFiles and Dr. Vonda Thweatt Jobs Eliminated Effective June 30, 2011

See what board member Ann Kent and Attorney Teresa D. Bryant had to say last night in regards to their votes to eliminate 3 positions in the Central Office.

Ann Kent wanted a role call.

The positions that were eliminated are:

Dr. VanderLinden – Associate Superintendent of Operations and Management
Lefiles – Director of Community Relations
Dr. Thweatt – Director of Student Support Services

Video – Edgecombe County Boad of Education Passes Dr. Talley’s Restructuring Proposal 5-2 Monday March 21, 2011

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Video – Dr. Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Public Comments Monday March 14, 2011

Video – Dr. Wayne Talley Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Presentation At The Monday March 14 Meeting. See How The Board Members Responded To Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana VanderLinden Positions Being Eliminated

Dr. Wayne Talley

Dr. Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Public Comments Monday March 14, 2011

See who spoke out during the Public Comments against and for the proposal.

Video – Dr. Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Public Comments Monday March 14, 2011

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Video – Dr. Wayne Talley Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Presentation At The Monday March 14 Meeting. See How The Board Members Responded To Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana VanderLinden Positions Being Eliminated

Dr. Wayne Talley

Dr. Wayne Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Passes 5 – 2

For
Dr. Evelyn Johnson
Keith Pittman
Attorney Janice Davidson
Evelyn Wilson
Attorney Teresa D. Bryant

Against
Ann Kent
Faye Taylor

Stay tuned for more.

Note: I am not going to tell the story I am going to let the video tell it. Should be up late tonight. However I do want to say they may not like my public comments last Monday night but they were right on, right on!!.

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Video – Dr. Wayne Talley Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal Presentation At The Monday March 14 Meeting. See How The Board Members Responded To Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana VanderLinden Positions Being Eliminated

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Click on picture to watch video.

Dr. Talley answered the board members questions but they still chose not vote in open session. After going into closed session the board voted to table the vote until today Monday 21, 2011 6:30 PM.

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Videos School Board Public Comments; See Who Kathy Winslow Emailed to Support Delaying The Vote, Superintendent’s Restructure Presentation and Board Members, Comments Hopefully Up By Late Saturday Night or Early Sunday Morning

Dr. Wayne Talley

Note: Public Comments from Monday March 14 meeting coming soon.

Dr. Wayne Talley Superintendent Guest Speaker At Conetoe Chapel MBC Today (Rev. Richard Joyner Pastor)

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I was impressed again with Dr. Wayne Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools as he spoke to the Conetoe Chapel MBC congregation this morning. Rev. Richard Joyner is the pastor of the church.

Dr. Talley stressed to the children and the adults that one person can make a difference. Dr. Talley showed a short video of how one man made a difference at a professional basketball game. This man just happened to be Maurice Cheeks former coach of the Philadelphia 76’ers. During a game an eighth grader was singing the National Anthem and she forgot some of the words and Cheeks walked over and stood with her. He coached her through the song and by doing so the other team and others in the arena song it with her.

Dr. Talley said if all of us would stand with a child we could make a difference in their lives.

Dr. Talley spoke briefly on the budget cuts within the school system and why he came up with his restructuring proposal.

Dr. Talley seems to be passionate about Edgecombe County Public Schools. I believe he has done his homework and knows what the county needs.

Board member Attorney Teresa D. Bryant was present.

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Dr. Wayne Talley

On ECPS cuts:’ It is sad… but truth is it is necessary’ – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — It is sad that the Edgecombe County Public School system will lose some good people with the reorganization proposed by Superintendant Talley but the truth is it is necessary. (Read more)

Note: I agree with Allen Key on this one. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Dr. Wayne Talley

How Racist Newspapers Work Against Black Folks See How The Daily Southerner Twisted My Comments When I Addressed The School Board Last Night “Talley defends reorganization plan at meeting”

I was the only BLACK person that spoke last night and I made it clear I was in support of Dr. Wayne Talley’s proposal. So why in the hell did the writer twist my message? Oh probably was not the writer but Terry Smith editor of this paper because he don’t give a damn about me and likewise here.

In todays article, “Talley defends reorganization plan at meetingsee my comments per this racist newspaper. This is how they twisted my comments: Curmilis Dancy provided the only public comments that did not completely bash Talley’s proposed restructuring, citing that most employers do not give their employees notice nor seek input before making similar decisions and that Talley knows what needs to be done more than anyone else. Now read, My Address To Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Meeting 3-14-11.” My exact words oops there it is: “I stand today in support of the restructuring plan that Dr. Talley will present to the board during closed session.”

So can someone tell me how in the hell did this paper come up with I did not completely bash Talley’s proposal. I have had many issues with this newspaper over the years. They have quoted me at a meeting when I videoed the meeting and didn’t speak. But they took what Roosevelt Higgs said I said and ran with it. They wanted me to come to the newspaper and meet with 3 white guys at the time to discuss what I supposedly had said when I didn’t say anything. I told them hell no I was not going to come to their office.

Back in the late 90’s when Frank Taylor was the editor he and I used to go at it about the Democratic Party when I was the Edgecombe County Interim Democratic Party chair. Folks began to drop their subscriptions and Taylor was soon gone from the paper. He sent me an email around a year or two ago threatening to sue me because he said I said I got him fired. I lmbao’ed. Oh well.

A couple of years ago myself and some others held a Press Conference on the grounds of the Edgecombe County Public Schools Central Office about a position at Princeville Elementary School that was given to board member’s husband. Terry Smith current editor called and left messages on my phone repeatedly because he wanted to know the name of the person that the group were speaking in support of. I wouldn’t return his calls but since I like documentation I emailed him and we went round and round and I never told him. You see I ain’t the average black man who Smith and his likes can intimidate.

But then some folks call me a racist. Hell atleast I post the information as is and then I may give my opinion but to put a twist on others comments I don’t do that.

Since this newspaper will not print my letters to the editors I quit sending them a couple of years ago. I was too effective for them. But everywhere I go people still ask am I the guy that used to write all them letters to the editor in the Daily Southerner and the Rocky Mount Telegram.

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Dr. Wayne Talley

Hell Yeah I Said It, Now What? Edgecombe County Public Schools I Am Pissed Board Meeting Drama Tonight That Will Be Continued On March 21, 2011

First of all I know I found my calling back in 1993 when I officially became an advocate for all children black, brown, white and other in Edgecombe County Public Schools. The Student Body Association (SGA) lead by a White President called me to the school to help them resolve a staged walkout because a white male teacher had grabbed a black male around the neck in the hallway.

I know without a doubt that my purpose for being is to advocate for the children of Edgecombe County. I say that because my God is guiding my steps because he kept me away for one year. Tonight is the first meeting I have attended since the new board members were sworn in and the new superintendent was hired. I got to see everyone in action for the 1st time. I usually set up an appointment to meet with the new superintendent but I had not and met him for the first time on this past Saturday morning at the College Round Up.

I heard some folks talking before the meeting began tonight that they thought the superintendent had enough support to pass his restructuring plan but it would be close. Someone said they thought Dr. Evelyn Johnson was going to get stupid tonight and that it may be a 3-3 tie and it would be up to Evelyn Wilson board chair to break the tie.

Dr. Wayne Talley said the board has asked him to look at cuts in the central office every since he began his role as superintendent because the central office was top heavy. The cuts as presented are something that the past 3 superintendents tried to do so tonight’s presentation is not really new.

Well after the superintendent made his presentation to the board I knew Dr. Talley didn’t have the support.

First it was Attorney Teresa Bryant who had a problem with Dr. Talley’s presentation saying she wanted to know who was going to take Diane LeFiles role. Dr. Talley stressed that he was only presenting the roles but she wanted a name. She said since she didn’t have a name that she couldn’t vote on the proposal until she had a name. Well she knew names couldn’t be called during the open session and it was on the agenda to handle that in closed session. She said she needed more time. Dr. Talley asked her did she read her material because the names were there.

Attorney Bryant has moved her child back to a private school and announced her official retirement in June. She was appointed to the board when Dr. Florence A. Armstrong resigned her post. Bryant was elected thereafter.

Faye Taylor new board member and in my opinion a racist because of some things she has done over the years. She had some concerns about the money figures on the 5 yr. and 10 year plan from the state but Dr. Talley addressed them again because he had did so in his presentation. She said she thought it was about state cuts but Dr. Talley said it was not only about state cuts but dealing with the local monies also. She said she needed more time.

Dr. Evelyn Johnson had this eloquent speech and how she agreed with Bryant and Taylor not to rush to make a decision. As usual she did the spill that is about the children. She said in Edgecombe County the adults have always stood in the way and that we need to let this be about the children. She thanked everyone for coming but challenged them to help a child out to help with the literacy rate.

I have heard Dr. Johnson talk about what she felt like was waste at the central office but tonight she must had a memory lapse. But there just may be a reason for that but whatever the case it is not acceptable for me. Just maybe the people should have voted to keep former board member Charlie Cobb in I don’t know. I do believe he would have supported the presentation during the open session atleast.

Ann Kent began by standing up looking for her husband saying she promised him she was going to act like a lady but since he was not present she was going to say what she wanted to.

Kent questioned Dr. Talley’s motives but most of all she said she had talked to Rep. Joe Pat Tolson and he said the board was acting immature because the state had not made a decision yet. Well damn Kent obviously didn’t hear the same presentation that I heard because Dr. Talley said the state said there would be a 5% or a 10% cut so duh. Damn so what in the hell is Tolson talking about? Oh Kent went on and on. But she had to to this because she was representing the folks who attended the meeting tonight from a local church. I have a copy of an email that was sent to others and Ann Kent from former board member Kathy Winslow who sent out emails seeking support to join her in asking the board to delay the vote tonight. So again Kent is actively engaged in representing her friends of the board in times like these because I have been told about other emails and meetings that she has been a part of.

William Keith Pittman talked about being fair and he said when he was a coach he told his players that he would put the players in that he thought was the best players but they may not been the right players. He used North Carolina Tar heels coach Roy Williams as an example. He said Williams was playing another guard until he announced he would be leaving the team and Williams put in another guard. Pittman said if Williams had not put in the new guard the team would not be where they are today.

Pittman said he would do what he feels is right for the children. He said years ago a former superintendent came to him and told him he was making too much money and he had to go. He said he understood where he was coming from and he didn’t question him. He said the superintendent didn’t ask him what he thought, he told him what he was going to do. Pittman said Jay Randall came to him and said some people in the community was upset and Pittman said he will deal with them. Pittman said he told them not to go to the board because he understood. He said he was upset but the person that took his job did and great job and still doing a great job today. He said he recommended his replacement.

Pittman asked the people of Tarboro to give the new superintendent a chance. Meet with him and then come back and he would stand with them.

Bryant said the board had to cut some jobs within the last 2 years and nobody came to support those folks and she has a serious concern about that.

Bryant said if the board is here to act on people and trying to save their jobs then just say it and we can move forward but if it is about addressing positions then we need to have further discussions. I say you damn skippy it is about saving Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana VanderLinden’s job because that is what the people came to speak on and it was spelled out in Kathy Winslow’s letter that went out over the weekend.

Bryant then echoed Pittman’s comments. She said give the man a chance and he will rise or fall on his own. Well damn again I am missing something because why she couldn’t take that route with voting on Dr. Talley’s presentation and then dealing with her concerns in closed session whereby she could call names. So evidently she couldn’t afford him that opportunity from open session to closed session.

Attorney Janice Davidson said she echoed what Attorney Bryant said and they she would rather go into closed session to find out more before voting.

Evelyn Wilson board chair said she thanked everyone for coming however they could trust that whatever is done tonight or anytime it would be decent and in order. She said the board will do whatever is right for the children and she would see to that. She said she challenged all those present to show up at the meetings and let the board know they have helped a student out in the county. She stressed the importance of doing what is right for the children.

The board went into closed session around 10:00 PM and they came out around 11:30 PM. The board voted to table the vote until Monday, March 21, 2011 6:30 PM. The meeting ended about 11:45 PM.

Well I am pissed because all of these folks who spoke out tonight and the board members were talking about it was about the children. Oh hell no. What I seen tonight is a prime example of a group of grown folks telling the children it is okay to disrespect those in authority such as Dr. Talley. You see all of these folks complained the superintendent didn’t come to them (community) with his proposal first. Well again I ask way they do that at? I repeat during restructuring employees are given options be laid off, resign, retire or be fired.

Note: I hope to get the video up of the meeting in the next couple of days.

Been a long day and night. I will read this again today and make necessary corrections.

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Dr. Wayne Talley

Edgecombe County Public Schools: Diane LeFiles And Dr. Lana VanderLinden Jobs To Be Eliminated. Show Time Tonight Be There. Let Your Voice Be Heard!!

Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Meeting
Monday March 14, 2011
6:30 PM
*If you want to get in the small room and/or to speak must sign in before 6:30

The following letter was forwarded to me and this is my response.

I was born and raised in Edgecombe County and I attended G. W. Carver Elementary School, South Edgecombe Middle School and SouthWest Edgecombe High School. I graduated in 1981. I have been actively engaged in our education system since the early 90’s and in 1993 I was called to SouthWest Edgecombe to help with a staged walkout by the Student Government Association (SGA). I was 1st Vice President of the Rocky Mount NAACP during that time. I have challenged the system (local schools and the central office) as I have served on the PTO, School Improvement Team, Edgecombe County Board of Education Advisory Committee and attending the Edgecombe County Public School Board meetings faithfully up until around May 2010. I had planned on attending the meetings beginning in January 2011. I normally set up an appointment to meet with all of the incoming superintendents one on one but I have not met with Dr. Wayne Talley yet but will very soon. I did get to meet him for the first time during the College Round Up on yesterday and I introduced myself to him.

I have been an advocate for parents, students and staff from the early 90’s. However I have had a vested interested in the system since I enrolled my first child in the system in 1997. Some told me they hated to see the day when I had to put my child in the system because they were going to catch hell.

I took my advocacy to a whole new level when my child entered into the system. I recognized and understood that since I had a child in the system I had more of an access to the system and whatever I did to make things better for my child all of the children black, brown, white and other would benefit. And they all did because I have the proof.

I had heard about Dr. Talley’s plan a couple of weeks ago and I said this guy is alright. I believe he is trying to do some things that Dr. Craig Witherspoon would have loved to put in action but he knew that he being a black man trying to change the culture of Edgecombe County Public Schools to this degree would have been too time consuming fighting the old guards. So I thank him for getting the money right because he cleaned up the funny money business along with some other things. Dr. Talley’s plan is also about dollars and sense so I want to commend him for beginning the fight with the old guards because it will definitely be a fight. The fight will be with the community I hope and not the board. But we will see will the board members be about friendship or about what is in the best interest of the children.

I want to respond to the letter that I received.

I am an engaged black male and I say that because black males/fathers are not the norm when it comes to being engaged in our local education system. I have a child in middle school and one child that is an alumni of SouthWest Edgecombe High School and is nearing the end of her 2nd year at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) majoring in political science. I have many nieces and nephews and other family members and friends and enemies that I advocate for so I respond to this letter with deep feelings. Yes I said enemies because they benefit as well.

First of all after reading Terry Smith’s column in the Friday’s Southerner my concern about Dr. Wayne Talley having a mentor, I have a difference of my previous opinion. Obviously the letter writer Kathy Winslow has a different interpretation of what our board member Evelyn Wilson stated. I didn’t try to interpret but took her quote in the the article that Dr. Talley is not strong in technology so I support him having a mentor/consultant. I know Dr. Steve Mazingo is technology savvy so I support this move 100% as it relates to the technology piece. So obviously Winslow is speaking beyond what is printed in the paper which brings me to another point. Why has Terry Smith not printed before now that Dr. Mazingo was contracted to help Dr. Talley with his technology skills.

I find the following comments in Winslow’s letter to be somewhat funny as hell. “Staff and administrators whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the restructuring have not had a chance to review the changes. Families with children in the schools and residents who care about the community have not had a chance to evaluate the proposal, learn about alternatives, and consider the impact the changes will have on education in Edgecombe County.”

I am totally pissed that Winslow have the audacity to use the word threatened. Restructuring is something that has been done and should be done on a continuous basis but here again we are talking about Edgecombe County mentality especially as it relates to our school system. I have considered the impact the elimination of these 2 jobs will have on education in Edgecombe County and it will be one of the best things that have ever happened. I say that with emphasis because I am speaking to my experience with being actively engaged with the system and I could speak to other staff and administration.

When and where do they do that at? LOL!! That is give the employees the chance to review changes? I have been working in the workforce since 1981 less than a month after I graduated and I have been employed at my current workplace for the past 24 years. I have seen restructuring take place over the years and I have never heard of those being affected having a say in the restructuring process other than being given options to take a demotion, to be fired, resign, laid off and/or to retire whichever one that is best for the place of employment. But maybe I am missing something.

I know there has been little restructuring over the years at the central office and many people have been talking about it for years. I can’t remember the community ever having a chance to evaluate such proposal from an employer. But then again I don’t know what took place in the white community over the years however I do have a good idea because I have heard how the white community meet to discuss school issues in homes and etc. however the black board members either don’t care or are just scared. I think they just don’t care and do not talk to the black community about what is going on so therefore we are always in the dark. I guess by them doing such they get to play all sides.

Winslow said don’t misunderstand her that there needs to be a way to cut the school system’s budget without harming the education system. So since neither of the 2 people in question are directly dealing with educating the children what is the damn problem? Yes it is true they have much experience in what they do but again what does that have to do with educating my child? And the main thing is the majority of restructuring comes from the top down which makes good business sense because there are more savings at the top. The top is always majority hands off.

I find the following plea from Winslon to ask the board of education to table the reorganization proposal on Monday night to be nothing more than to be about trying to save certain folks job. This means that you want to save these 2 jobs but eliminate some others who do not have anyone to write letters on their behalf and most of all they would probably be too afraid to talk to anyone unlike the 2 who we are discussing.

The problem I have with Winslow trying to take this thing to the community is the superintendent Dr. Talley is on the inside and he is looking at those who work for him and he should know know better than anyone where the waste is. He knows better than the school board and if he do not, then the board needs to eliminate his job because his role should be to manage his administration and staff. In doing so whether it was a budget crisis coming down from the State or North Carolina or not, waste should be eliminate at any given time especially duplication of jobs.

I agree with Winslow 100%, “A strong Edgecombe County Public School system is critical to the future of Tarboro and Edgecombe County.” I strongly trust that we are off to getting there with the plan from our superintendent to be presented on Monday night.

I am trying to figure out why in the hell is eliminating LeFiles position such a loss to the children? I have always seen that position as waste. I strongly feel the superintendent or the superintendent’s secretary could carry out the role in question. I have been in many meetings with her and I felt she was not needed and the superintendent and other groups could have handled what she did. Many including myself who attended these meetings felt she had a nasty attitude. So I would love to know what is it she does that is a benefit to the children?

I am trying to figure out why in the hell is eliminating Dr. VanderLinden’s position such a loss to the children? Oh well how soon we forget how she ended up at the central office anyway.

By now you should have realized that I am supporting the elimination of Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana VanderLinden’s position.

In my closing I commend Winslow for fighting for what she believes in. I remember when she used to be on the Edgecombe County Public Schools board during the early 90’s and these same folks were in the system at that time. If I am correct she had her child in a private school but was on the ECPS board.

I challenge the black community and all interested stakeholders in Edgecombe County Public Schools System to attend the meeting on Monday evening and let your voice be heard. It is time that Edgecombe County Public Schools become more children focused verses the old guards looking out for their family friends.

Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)
252.314.5484 Mobile
252.827.5484 Home
252.827.4598 Fax

cdancyii@embarqmail.com

Letter from Kathy Winslow

Subject: Edgecombe County Schools

Dear Friends and Residents of Tarboro & Edgecombe County who are concerned about our community,

I am writing as a long-time Tarboro resident, a parent whose children got a good education in Edgecombe County schools, and a former member of the Edgecombe County Board of Education. I have also discussed my concerns with my husband Jim who agrees wholeheartedly. If you read Terry Smith’s column in Friday’s Southerner, I am sure you share our concerns about Edgecombe County Public Schools. Dr. Wayne Talley, who has been Superintendent for just over 6 months and still needs help from a mentor to manage his duties, is proposing a complete reorganization of Central Services staff for the school system. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a proposal this Monday. Reorganization will significantly impact the operation of the schools. Staff and administrators whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the restructuring have not had a chance to review the changes. Families with children in the schools and residents who care about the community have not had a chance to evaluate the proposal, learn about alternatives, and consider the impact the changes will have on education in Edgecombe County .

Please don’t misunderstand. I know – we all know – that the budget will have to be cut. I work at NC Wesleyan, and I know that every community and every college and university in the state is evaluating proposals to reduce budget spending. I believe it is possible, however, to find a way to cut the school system’s budget without harming the education system. I don’t believe it makes sense to eliminate some of the most experienced, knowledgeable, capable, and hard-working staff and administrators as a first step in cutting spending.

I am writing today to ask you to ask the Board of Education to TABLE the reorganization proposal on Monday. Ask them to take time to review the Superintendent’s proposal, to evaluate alternatives, to ask experienced school system administrators and staff to make recommendations, and to allow time for community comment, so that the final plan is as strong as it can be. A strong Edgecombe County Public School system is critical to the future of Tarboro and Edgecombe County .

The board meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm in the Board Rooms of the ECPS Central Office at 412 Pearl Street . The agenda for Monday’s meeting has been posted on the school system’s website; you’ll find a link under District Announcements at the bottom of the home page: http://www.ecps.us/. Time for Public Comments is one of the first items under the Open Session; comments are limited to 3 minutes and must address items on the agenda. The reorganization plan will be considered in the Open Session as Item (8.4.B) Approval of Proposed Central Services Reorganization Structure. If you want to speak about an individual staff member by name, you would address Item (9.1.3) Central Services Reorganization Structure with Identified Staff (during Closed Session).

In order to speak to express your concerns, you must sign up BEFORE 6:30 pm Monday – I don’t know whether you can go to the Central Office earlier in the day to sign up. The most important thing is to get the board to table the reorganization proposal. In addition to speaking at the meeting OR if you are not comfortable speaking in public, you may help assure a thoughtful and reasoned decision by:

  • Calling and emailing the board member who represents your district (or any and all board members). Contact information for the board members is available on the ECPS website at: http://www.ecps.us/index.aspx?NID=27

  • Writing a letter and delivering it to me or to a friend who will attend the board meeting and deliver your letter to the Board. Letters can be emailed to me at winslows@embarqmail.com or dropped through the mail slot in my front door at 300 E. Battle Avenue (on the corner of Battle Avenue and Saint Patrick Street ).

  • Making friends, coworkers, family, everyone you know aware of this meeting and the possible impact it will have on area schools.

    I appreciate any help you can offer. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kathy Winslow
    300 East Battle Avenue
    Tarbroro, NC  27886
    252-823-7924

    winslows@embarqmail.com

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    Confirmation: Dr. Lana VanderLinden Assoc. Superintendent and Diane LeFiles Director of Community Relations Are In Dr. Talley Superintendent’s Plan To Eliminate Their Jobs

    Dr. Wayne Talley

  • Edgecombe County Public Schools: Will The Superintendent Make It A Full Year? Show Time Monday Night Be There. Let Your Voice Be Heard!!

    Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Meeting
    Monday March 14, 2011
    6:30 PM
    *If you want to get in the small room and/or to speak must sign in before 6:30

    The following letter was forwarded to me and this is my response.

    I was born and raised in Edgecombe County and I attended G. W. Carver Elementary School, South Edgecombe Middle School and SouthWest Edgecombe High School. I graduated in 1981. I have been actively engaged in our education system since the early 90’s and in 1993 I was called to SouthWest Edgecombe to help with a staged walkout by the Student Government Association (SGA). I was 1st Vice President of the Rocky Mount NAACP during that time. I have challenged the system (local schools and the central office) as I have served on the PTO, School Improvement Team, Edgecombe County Board of Education Advisory Committee and attending the Edgecombe County Public School Board meetings faithfully up until around May 2010. I had planned on attending the meetings beginning in January 2011. I normally set up an appointment to meet with all of the incoming superintendents one on one but I have not met with Dr. Wayne Talley yet but will very soon. I did get to meet him for the first time during the College Round Up on yesterday and I introduced myself to him.

    I have been an advocate for parents, students and staff from the early 90’s. However I have had a vested interested in the system since I enrolled my first child in the system in 1997. Some told me they hated to see the day when I had to put my child in the system because they were going to catch hell.

    I took my advocacy to a whole new level when my child entered into the system. I recognized and understood that since I had a child in the system I had more of an access to the system and whatever I did to make things better for my child all of the children black, brown, white and other would benefit. And they all did because I have the proof.

    I had heard about Dr. Talley’s plan a couple of weeks ago and I said this guy is alright. I believe he is trying to do some things that Dr. Craig Witherspoon would have loved to put in action but he knew that he being a black man trying to change the culture of Edgecombe County Public Schools to this degree would have been too time consuming fighting the old guards. So I thank him for getting the money right because he cleaned up the funny money business along with some other things. Dr. Talley’s plan is also about dollars and sense so I want to commend him for beginning the fight with the old guards because it will definitely be a fight. The fight will be with the community I hope and not the board. But we will see will the board members be about friendship or about what is in the best interest of the children.

    I want to respond to the letter that I received.

    I am an engaged black male and I say that because black males/fathers are not the norm when it comes to being engaged in our local education system. I have a child in middle school and one child that is an alumni of SouthWest Edgecombe High School and is nearing the end of her 2nd year at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) majoring in political science. I have many nieces and nephews and other family members and friends and enemies that I advocate for so I respond to this letter with deep feelings. Yes I said enemies because they benefit as well.

    First of all after reading Terry Smith’s column in the Friday’s Southerner my concern about Dr. Wayne Talley having a mentor, I have a difference of my previous opinion. Obviously the letter writer Kathy Winslow has a different interpretation of what our board member Evelyn Wilson stated. I didn’t try to interpret but took her quote in the the article that Dr. Talley is not strong in technology so I support him having a mentor/consultant. I know Dr. Steve Mazingo is technology savvy so I support this move 100% as it relates to the technology piece. So obviously Winslow is speaking beyond what is printed in the paper which brings me to another point. Why has Terry Smith not printed before now that Dr. Mazingo was contracted to help Dr. Talley with his technology skills.

    I find the following comments in Winslow’s letter to be somewhat funny as hell. “Staff and administrators whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the restructuring have not had a chance to review the changes. Families with children in the schools and residents who care about the community have not had a chance to evaluate the proposal, learn about alternatives, and consider the impact the changes will have on education in Edgecombe County.”

    I am totally pissed that Winslow have the audacity to use the word threatened. Restructuring is something that has been done and should be done on a continuous basis but here again we are talking about Edgecombe County mentality especially as it relates to our school system. I have considered the impact the elimination of these 2 jobs will have on education in Edgecombe County and it will be one of the best things that have ever happened. I say that with emphasis because I am speaking to my experience with being actively engaged with the system and I could speak to other staff and administration.

    When and where do they do that at? LOL!! That is give the employees the chance to review changes? I have been working in the workforce since 1981 less than a month after I graduated and I have been employed at my current workplace for the past 24 years. I have seen restructuring take place over the years and I have never heard of those being affected having a say in the restructuring process other than being given options to take a demotion, to be fired, resign, laid off and/or to retire whichever one that is best for the place of employment. But maybe I am missing something.

    I know there has been little restructuring over the years at the central office and many people have been talking about it for years. I can’t remember the community ever having a chance to evaluate such proposal from an employer. But then again I don’t know what took place in the white community over the years however I do have a good idea because I have heard how the white community meet to discuss school issues in homes and etc. however the black board members either don’t care or are just scared. I think they just don’t care and do not talk to the black community about what is going on so therefore we are always in the dark. I guess by them doing such they get to play all sides.

    Winslow said don’t misunderstand her that there needs to be a way to cut the school system’s budget without harming the education system. So since neither of the 2 people in question are directly dealing with educating the children what is the damn problem? Yes it is true they have much experience in what they do but again what does that have to do with educating my child? And the main thing is the majority of restructuring comes from the top down which makes good business sense because there are more savings at the top. The top is always majority hands off.

    I find the following plea from Winslon to ask the board of education to table the reorganization proposal on Monday night to be nothing more than to be about trying to save certain folks job. This means that you want to save these 2 jobs but eliminate some others who do not have anyone to write letters on their behalf and most of all they would probably be too afraid to talk to anyone unlike the 2 who we are discussing.

    The problem I have with Winslow trying to take this thing to the community is the superintendent Dr. Talley is on the inside and he is looking at those who work for him and he should know know better than anyone where the waste is. He knows better than the school board and if he do not, then the board needs to eliminate his job because his role should be to manage his administration and staff. In doing so whether it was a budget crisis coming down from the State or North Carolina or not, waste should be eliminate at any given time especially duplication of jobs.

    I agree with Winslow 100%, “A strong Edgecombe County Public School system is critical to the future of Tarboro and Edgecombe County.” I strongly trust that we are off to getting there with the plan from our superintendent to be presented on Monday night.

    I am trying to figure out why in the hell is eliminating LeFiles position such a loss to the children? I have always seen that position as waste. I strongly feel the superintendent or the superintendent’s secretary could carry out the role in question. I have been in many meetings with her and I felt she was not needed and the superintendent and other groups could have handled what she did. Many including myself who attended these meetings felt she had a nasty attitude. So I would love to know what is it she does that is a benefit to the children?

    I am trying to figure out why in the hell is eliminating Dr. VanderLinden’s position such a loss to the children? Oh well how soon we forget how she ended up at the central office anyway.

    By now you should have realized that I am supporting the elimination of Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana VanderLinden’s position.

    In my closing I commend Winslow for fighting for what she believes in. I remember when she used to be on the Edgecombe County Public Schools board during the early 90’s and these same folks were in the system at that time. If I am correct she had her child in a private school but was on the ECPS board.

    I challenge the black community and all interested stakeholders in Edgecombe County Public Schools System to attend the meeting on Monday evening and let your voice be heard. It is time that Edgecombe County Public Schools become more children focused verses the old guards looking out for their family friends.

    Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)
    252.314.5484 Mobile
    252.827.5484 Home
    252.827.4598 Fax

    cdancyii@embarqmail.com

    Letter from Kathy Winslow

    Subject: Edgecombe County Schools

    Dear Friends and Residents of Tarboro & Edgecombe County who are concerned about our community,

    I am writing as a long-time Tarboro resident, a parent whose children got a good education in Edgecombe County schools, and a former member of the Edgecombe County Board of Education. I have also discussed my concerns with my husband Jim who agrees wholeheartedly. If you read Terry Smith’s column in Friday’s Southerner, I am sure you share our concerns about Edgecombe County Public Schools. Dr. Wayne Talley, who has been Superintendent for just over 6 months and still needs help from a mentor to manage his duties, is proposing a complete reorganization of Central Services staff for the school system. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a proposal this Monday. Reorganization will significantly impact the operation of the schools. Staff and administrators whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the restructuring have not had a chance to review the changes. Families with children in the schools and residents who care about the community have not had a chance to evaluate the proposal, learn about alternatives, and consider the impact the changes will have on education in Edgecombe County .

    Please don’t misunderstand. I know – we all know – that the budget will have to be cut. I work at NC Wesleyan, and I know that every community and every college and university in the state is evaluating proposals to reduce budget spending. I believe it is possible, however, to find a way to cut the school system’s budget without harming the education system. I don’t believe it makes sense to eliminate some of the most experienced, knowledgeable, capable, and hard-working staff and administrators as a first step in cutting spending.

    I am writing today to ask you to ask the Board of Education to TABLE the reorganization proposal on Monday. Ask them to take time to review the Superintendent’s proposal, to evaluate alternatives, to ask experienced school system administrators and staff to make recommendations, and to allow time for community comment, so that the final plan is as strong as it can be. A strong Edgecombe County Public School system is critical to the future of Tarboro and Edgecombe County .

    The board meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm in the Board Rooms of the ECPS Central Office at 412 Pearl Street . The agenda for Monday’s meeting has been posted on the school system’s website; you’ll find a link under District Announcements at the bottom of the home page: http://www.ecps.us/. Time for Public Comments is one of the first items under the Open Session; comments are limited to 3 minutes and must address items on the agenda. The reorganization plan will be considered in the Open Session as Item (8.4.B) Approval of Proposed Central Services Reorganization Structure. If you want to speak about an individual staff member by name, you would address Item (9.1.3) Central Services Reorganization Structure with Identified Staff (during Closed Session).

    In order to speak to express your concerns, you must sign up BEFORE 6:30 pm Monday – I don’t know whether you can go to the Central Office earlier in the day to sign up. The most important thing is to get the board to table the reorganization proposal. In addition to speaking at the meeting OR if you are not comfortable speaking in public, you may help assure a thoughtful and reasoned decision by:

  • Calling and emailing the board member who represents your district (or any and all board members). Contact information for the board members is available on the ECPS website at: http://www.ecps.us/index.aspx?NID=27
  • Writing a letter and delivering it to me or to a friend who will attend the board meeting and deliver your letter to the Board. Letters can be emailed to me at winslows@embarqmail.com or dropped through the mail slot in my front door at 300 E. Battle Avenue (on the corner of Battle Avenue and Saint Patrick Street ).
  • Making friends, coworkers, family, everyone you know aware of this meeting and the possible impact it will have on area schools.

    I appreciate any help you can offer. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kathy Winslow
    300 East Battle Avenue
    Tarbroro, NC  27886
    252-823-7924

    winslows@embarqmail.com

    See related:

    Confirmation: Dr. Lana VanderLinden Assoc. Superintendent and Diane LeFiles Director of Community Relations Are In Dr. Talley Superintendent’s Plan To Eliminate Their Jobs

    Dr. Wayne Talley

  • Confirmation: Dr. Lana VanderLinden Assoc. Superintendent and Diane LeFiles Director of Community Relations Are In Dr. Talley Superintendent’s Plan To Eliminate Their Jobs

    A couple of days ago Wednesday March 9, 2011 I posted the following post: Show Time At The Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Meeting Monday Night March 14th. If This Was A Black Principal Would He Be On This Long Paid Suspension?

    On the Opinion page of The Daily Southerner W. Terry Smith in his article “Dr. Talley has a plan” confirmed what sources had reported to The DCN. I did not mention the names but Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana Vanderlinden’s names were the two names I was talking about.

    Smith said, “In a survey before Dr. Talley was hired last August, VanderLinden was the popular choice.” Well Smith yes she had much support however there are many in the county who did not support her either. Smith I am one so I am going to speak for me countless others who have allowed me to speak for them over the years so don’t get it twisted. But you already know because you have tried to discredit me over the years especially when I held a Press Conference at the Central Office several years ago.

    Dr. VanderLinden has some issues that I have some concerns with and I have made them known over the years. I met with a business person and some others whom called me in to discuss her and I made it clear that I didn’t want her. It is no secret that I have shared my reasons orally and in writing why I have not supported her to be superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools. Obviously a majority of the board members must agree that she was not the one because she has been turned down several times over the years. So Smith go figure. Oh I forgot you meet and talk with some of her supporters so I guess you feel that validate why ya’ll want to see her as superintendent. Not!!

    Diane LeFiles director of community relations is on the list also. Smith said, “But both women are highly respected among their professional peers and in the community.” Smith I assume when you say professional peers you are talking about those within the system that likes them. I know many in the system that do not as well. I know many in the community that do not also and we definitely don’t feel that neither had really been all that professional especially when it comes to dealing with some students, parents and business community over the years. I say this without a shatter of a doubt because I have served on the PTO and School Improvement Team at both Carver Elementary and South Edgecombe Middle Schools. However I have served on the Edgecombe County Board of Education Advisory Committee over the years as well.

    I speak to and hold conversations with these two however I feel it is time that they move on.

    Smith you say you hope Dr. Talley changes his mind about his plan before presenting it to the board on Monday night. Well I stop by to tell you that I support him 100% because this is what many of us have been waiting for over the years.

    Smith I too have some concerns with the Dr. Talley having a mentor but after reading your article, I now have a difference in my opinion. Since you say board chair Evelyn Wilson stated Dr. Talley is not strong in technology I support him having a mentor/consultant. I know Dr. Steve Mazingo is technology savvy so I support this move 100% as it relates to the technology piece.

    I am not going to speak to the issue of Dr. Lana VanderLinden applying for the superintendent’s position in the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools System.

    I have not attended a school board meeting since the new board members were sworn in nor since Dr. Talley has been here. I decided to take a break away from it all for a while but one reason was because I was working long hours and videoing middle school and high school ballgames. I had planned to begin attending the meetings in January but was unable to attend because I had to video a middle school ballgame. I was unable to attend in February as well. If it is the Lord’s will I will be there on Monday night to support Dr. Talley’s plan.

    So who am I? I am a strong advocate for justice and is very vocal in the community and especially in the school system. In 1993 I was involved in helping the students at SouthWest Edgecombe High School resolve a walkout that they performed. I have received certificates of graduation for participating in the yearly (PESP) Parent Education Studies Program through the NC Justice and Community Development Center Education Leadership Institute at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill NC on June 14, 2002 and again on May 30, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Rocky Mount NC. However I have attended other meetings/workshops over the years and most recent workshop this past Saturday with the Rural Education Working Group in Wilson NC. I am always working parents about school issues.

    For more about me click here.

    See related:

    Dr. Wayne Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools