NECP receives unfavorable report – The Edgecombe Tribune

The Political Agitator response: Dang when he left South West it was around Test Scores if I remember correctly. But I think he sued and supposedly won and then started this school and now where is he? Oh well! When we understand we must follow policies and procedures then we will be better off. Although we may not like the rules, we must abide by them until they change.

The Public Schools of North Carolina, Department of Public Instruction issued a stern warning to North East Carolina Prep concerning the school’s performance test.
“… You are on notice that should North East Carolina Prep School not meet the standards in 2014-2015 as set by legislation, North East Carolina Prep School will receive the designation of inadequate performance. This designation may result in the termination of your charter or initiate the competitive bid process outlined in the law.”
The narrative is a portion of a letter dated Oct. 6, 2014 addressed to former NECP Director John Westburg, one of the founders of the school. NECP Board of Directors dismissed Westburg Nov. 6 without issuing details to the public for his termination. (Read more)

Tarboro NC: Chad Hinton Attorney For North East Carolina Preparatory School Contract Was Terminated Along With The School’s Executive Director

Just received a call that Chad Hinton Attorney for the NECP contract was terminated along with John Westberg Executive Director. Hinton is also the attorney for Tarboro Town Council.

Well let’s see if anymore will be terminated.


Tarboro NC: Letter To North East Carolina Preparatory School Parents and Guardians John Westberg Terminated Thursday November 6, 2014

The Political Agitator response: I remember when, yep when John Westberg came to SouthWest Edgecombe High School. He was ousted there due to a scandal pertaining to test scores. He sued Edgecombe County Public Schools and he along with some folks who had been wanting to start a charter school in the county found the right time to make it happen. This morning I received a message that the school bus drivers had been told recently they would not be receiving a check because the school had no cash flow. This evening I received a call that the board of directors had terminated Westberg. I had stated earlier that Westberg, his wife and son worked there but I learned today that his son was no longer employed there and had moved out of the county. Sources say the school is $800,000 in the negative. Please see the letter below from the chair of the board of directors.

November 7, 2014


Dear NECP Parents and Guardians,


North East Carolina Preparatory School is announcing a change in leadership.  The Board of Directors has asked Middle School Assistant Principal Miles Brite to serve as Acting Executive Director as we conduct a search for a new executive director.  More information about the search process and how you may participate will be shared very soon.  For updates, please monitor the NECP website, your email, and the e-newsletter Husky Happenings.


The administrative team will continue to work together during this transition.  You should contact your teachers or one of our administrators when you have a need or concern:

Clemy Atkinson, Assistant Principal for Grades 1-5

Miles Brite, Assistant Principal for Grades 6-10

Cheryl Iannucci, Exceptional Children, Kindergarten, Student Services

Taro Knight, Operations (Athletics, Busing, Facilities, Student Support)

Diane LeFiles, Communications


Our faculty and staff will continue regular classroom activities and the daily operations of the school to insure that students are unaffected by the leadership change.


We are confident about the future of North East Carolina Prep and want to assure everyone that the Board of Directors, faculty, and staff are fully committed to the sustainability of this very special and unique charter school. 


Thank you for choosing NECP and for your ongoing support.



Jeffery Alejandro

Chair, Board of Directors




North East Carolina Prep School, a public charter school

274 Husky Trail / PO Box 8

Tarboro, NC 27886

(252) 641-0464 Office


Learn more about the newest and fastest growing public charter school in Eastern North Carolina, founded in 2012 to serve Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Pitt, and Wilson, all surrounding counties:

Former Mary Frances Center chosen as new Prep School location – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The decision has been made.

John Westberg, executive director of North East Carolina Prep, made it official Wednesday and said the former Mary Frances Center had been chosen to be the location of Edgecombe County’s first charter school. (More)

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Breaking News: Tarboro NC – North East Carolina Prep School Held A Community-Wide Information Session from 5 – 7 PM Today And White People Showed Up In High Numbers

I  attended the NECP gathering today after reading “Because of the interest, officials of the new charter will hold a community-wide information session from 5-7 p.m. Monday” in the Daily Southerner newspaper on Friday.  I arrived at about 5:05 PM and when I walked in I seen 2 blacks and they were Calvin Adkins Reporter with the Daily Southerner Tarboro NC and Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr. Owner/Publisher of the Weekly Defender a black newspaper based in Rocky Mount NC. As I scanned the room of about 50 – 75 people at that time I seen 1 little black child. I was wondering who this child was with because it had to be a white person. Shortly thereafter John Westberg Executive Director of NECP came up to me and introduced himself. He said if I had any questions to feel free to ask him. I had none.

I stayed until 6:00 PM and during the time I was present white folks continue to come and go since it was not a sit down information session. Only 2 black adults came during this time frame as well.

Of course I was prepared with a very few important and relevant questions however I refused to do it on a one on one basis because it would be defeating my purpose when only myself and the person I would be asking the questions would only hear them.

Just shortly before I left the little black child that I mentioned and I guess her white parent/guardian came out as Rev. Nehemiah Smith, Taro Knight the black board chair and myself were standing outside on the steps talking. The white person said to the little black child, “You need to be around others that look like you so you can have some role models. You will not go to this school because they want an all-white school.” Rev. Smith said did ya’ll hear that, I said oh yeah. Knight may not really heard it because he was talking during the same time the white person was talking to the child.

I find this white person’s conversation with the little black child very, very interesting because it is of my opinion that the white person took in to account all of the white people present and that in her conversation with others something must have triggered this person to think that the school would be all white.

I spoke to Taro on Saturday morning about my top 2 concerns after listening to him on the talk show and after attending the presentation last Thursday in Pinetops when John Westberg addressed the Edgecombe County Commissioners during their annual retreat.

First of all I am an active black man and have lived here all of my 49 years and 3 months. I know what is really going on here. It is of my opinion that the charter school has come about because some white folks had been trying to get their children out of the public schools because they didn’t want their children in the same school with black children. These same folks do not have any children in the system now however some of them may have a grandchild/s in the system but more than likely not.  But that has not stopped them from trying to remove other white children from the public school system since some of them have lost their jobs with the public school system and they are mad as hell.

Second, I told Taro that I have a problem with him being the only black on the board and is the board chair and he is the only one that is talking to black folks on the radio and in the newspaper about attending this school. He has said his child will not attend the charter school but some of his family members may. I said to him why is he trying to sell it, let the mad white folks sell it. Actually Taro must not be doing a good job of selling it to black folks if the numbers reflect the blacks that came out on today. However there may have been some more meetings that black folks attended.

Taro said that everyone especially black folks need to get involved because everybody’s tax dollars are going to go to the school because it is coming. Well what tickles the hell out of me is the charter school has no building, no funds but must open by August 1 no later than August 15. But what I did learn today is the charter is good for 10 years so therefore this makes me think that they really don’t have to worry about getting started this year and can be able to really do what they need to do and be ready by the 2013 – 14 school year.

Oh well I will continue to follow the progress of the North East Carolina Prep School.

See related:

NECP Registration ‘outstanding’ – Daily Southerner 

Video/Pictures: North East Carolina Preparatory School Executive Director John D. Westberg And Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony D. Jackson Presentations To The Edgecombe County Commissioners During Their Annual Retreat Were Quite Interesting 

North East Carolina Prep

NECP Registration ‘outstanding’ – Daily Southerner

Response: Do You Want To Learn More About The Edgecombe County Charter School North East Carolina Preparatory School Scheduled To Open In August?

I respect this group’s right to open a charter school however since I am an active black man and I know what is going on in Edgecombe County but not limited to, I have 2 concerns. I would feel differently if I was ignant to the facts about how this charter school came about. That is because of some folks who are mad with the local school system so they have sought a charter school and got approval. My 2nd concern is Taro Knight Tarboro City Councilman is the only black on the board and he is the board chair. He says his concern is making sure black folks are included. I told him I understand however my problem is these white folks are mad with the local school system so damnit let them sell the charter school to the people. Knight has said his child will not be attending. If I am correct none of the other board members have a child in the Edgecombe County Public Schools.  C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Daily Southerner

TARBORO — More than 175 students from Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Pitt and Wilson counties have registered for classes at North East Carolina Prep School since it received state approval earlier this month. (More)


Edgecombe County Public School Board To Meet Monday November 21, 2011, John D. Westberg Lawsuit Is On The Agenda

Board of Education to meet Monday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The Edgecombe County Board of Education will meet Monday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in regular session in the Central Office Board Rooms View Agenda…

Twin County Visioning & Strategic Planning Kick-Off – Nov. 29 You are invited to the Twin County Visioning & Strategic Planning Kick-Off Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Imperial Centre Theatre (270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount), hosted by the Edge. and Nash Co. Boards of Commissioners and the Rocky Mount City Council.

Board approves calendar changes to reflect makeup days At the Sept. 12 meeting, the Edgecombe County Board of Education approved changes made to the 2011-2012 calendar to reflect makeup days for those missed during Hurricane Irene View Calendar….

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Edgecombe County Public Schools