Video/Photos: Tarboro NC – Edgecombe County Board of Education History In The Making 4- 3 Black Majority Monday July 14, 2014 6:30 PM

The DCN was present to witness the swearing in of recently elected Marva Scott and re-elected board members Ann Kent, Evelyn Wilson and Dr. Evelyn Johnson. Kent was re-elected as board chair and Wilson re-elected as vice chair.

I find it quite interesting thatimage Faye Taylor former school board member that resigned her seat on this board and also on the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services Board, Scott now replaces her on the board. Scott defeated John Edmondson whom was appointed to fill Taylor’s unexpired term.

Taylor was one the most vocal DSS board members that was against Marva Scott when she was fired at DSS. However the county had to hire Scott back after she won her lawsuit. Not only is Scott back at DSS but she is also representing the same school district that Faye Taylor served on the school board. Ain’t God good, he can make your enemies your foot stool.

Superintendent John Farrelly contract was extended for one year.

The board settled another lawsuit Woods v. ECBOE, Case No. 4:13-cv-136-D (E.D.N.C.) for $30,000 to a former bus driver. This makes the 2nd bus driver that has collected monies from the Edgecombe County Public Schools in the past couple of months. Rev. Donnie Atkinson was awarded $40,000 about 2 months ago. What is up with that? Will other bus drivers be able to sue the board or is this the end? Oh well!

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Video: A Moment In Education: Tarboro NC – Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Chooses John W. Edmondson Jr. To Fill Board Vacancy Until The People Vote In May 2014

First of all the board agenda 1st order of business was to open the meeting and then to go into closed session. Then they were to go back into open session and interview the candidates. And then after that they were to vote.

Next was Recognition on the agenda.

Rev. Roosevelt Higgs asked the board to change the Public Comments before the process of choosing the new board member. I was the other person to sign up along with Higgs.

Higgs talked about the make up of the District 7 has changed from a white majority to a black majority. He asked the board to consider replacing the vacancy with an African American.

I followed Higgs and stated that every time a vacancy come up we have this discussion about how the board should carry out doing the appointment process. I said I wanted to see the board allow us to see the candidates in action because I only know one of the candidates and that way I could learn more about the other person.

I could have come in and said I was there to support one person over the other but if I had the opportunity to hear both sides then I could make an informed decision.

Now a little history of the candidates. John W. Edmondson Jr. an Embarq employee has an office in Tarboro now versus working out of Greenville during the time he previously served on the board. Former board member Faye Taylor who recently resigned defeated Edmondson during the election 4 years ago. So obviously the people didn’t want Edmondson to represent them by the way they voted.

Faye Taylor served on the former Edgecombe County Social Services Board which was replaced with the new Edgecombe County Human Services Board until she recently resigned from that board also. Taylor and candidate Marva Scott Social Services Director bumped heads.

I don’t know Scott personally but I have read about her, talked to some folks who knows her both for and against her. I have attended one Human Services Board meeting and have not been able to attend others due to basketball games held on their meeting nights. But the meeting that I attended, I was very, very impressed with her presentation.

Scott had sued and won a lawsuit in a previous county where she was employed before she was hired in Edgecombe County. Scott was fired here in Edgecombe County while Taylor was on the Social Services Board. Scott won yet another lawsuit this time against Edgecombe County and she had to be re-employed with the county.

It appears that Scott is one smart damn black woman and obviously quite of few folks are intimidated by her black and white, male and female.

I have not attended a school board meeting in several months. I begin attending the meetings after basketball season ends. I will begin to attend both the School Board meeting and the Human Services Board meeting in March.

The vote tonight turned out just like I thought it would. I felt the vote would go just like it did. I was not surprised that Edmondson would receive all of the white votes. I also was not surprised that Edmondson would receive Dr. Evelyn Johnson and Evelyn Wilson votes because they along with the other white board members were on the board with Edmondson. I didn’t have an opinion of how the other black female Olga Dickens would vote because she had not served on the board with Edmondson. Dickens was appointed and then elected during the last election. Dickens was the only one to vote for Scott.

Now for my ignant damn opinion. I have much respect for Edmondson but I feel that listening to the interview, if I was able to comment I would have supported Scott. Why? Because if I was to grade the interview I would have to give Scott a higher grade. I feel Scott would bring more resources to the table and would be a greater asset to the board because of her profession. But I can’t tell it nor can the local newspaper tell the story better than the video that I will provide coming soon. The difference between the local newspapers and myself is I attend meetings, I video them and I give my opinion of what happened. I make the video available for those who do not attend the meeting to be able to watch the video and make an informed decision for themselves.

And for Edmondson and Scott because unlike the local newspaper reporters who get paid, I work for me without pay and because of my free services they both will be able to see themselves how they interviewed. On top of that during the interview session first Scott was asked to leave the room so she could not hear the interview of Edmondson. When Edmondson interview was over he was sent out to the same room that Scott was in.

Well there you have it, another moment in education.

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Rocky Mount Telegram

 

Edgecombe County: BOE to select District 7 fill-in Monday – Daily Southerner

Response: Interesting Edmondson served on the board and Taylor bet him out. Taylor served on the Social Services Board and was on the board when Scott was fired but appealed to the state of NC and won her job back.

TARBORO — The Edgecombe County Board of Education is tasked with selecting a new member to represent District 7 at its 6:30 p.m. Monday business meeting in the boardrooms at 412 Pearl St.

District 7 includes G.W. Bulluck Elementary, West Edgecombe Middle and SouthWest Edgecombe High.

John W. Edmondson Jr. and Marva G. Scott have submitted letters of interest for the open board seat. Faye Taylor tendered her resignation as District 7 representative at the December meeting, but has continued to serve on the board in the interim. (Source: Read more)

 

TARBORO — The Edgecombe County Board of Education is tasked with selecting a new member to represent District 7 at its 6:30 p.m. Monday business meeting in the boardrooms at 412 Pearl St.

District 7 includes G.W. Bulluck Elementary, West Edgecombe Middle and SouthWest Edgecombe High.

John W. Edmondson Jr. and Marva G. Scott have submitted letters of interest for the open board seat. Faye Taylor tendered her resignation as District 7 representative at the December meeting, but has continued to serve on the board in the interim. – See more at: http://www.dailysoutherner.com/community/x1782776781/BOE-to-select-District-7-fill-in-Monday#sthash.sGVqn3Ql.dpuf

Tarboro NC: County loses Scott appeal – The Daily Southerner

imageResponse: Don’t understand why they thought they would win anyway. This was just crazy as heck to continue to appeal this case instead of admitting to a mistake had taken place. It is sad that some folks allow emotions to get in the way of following policies and procedures.

TARBORO — Edgecombe County lost its appeal in Edgecombe County Superior Court to terminate Marva Scott as director of the department of social services.

The loss perhaps brings an end to the saga between the county and Scott that began on Dec. 19, 2011 when she was placed on administrative leave for 30 days. Scott was never called back and was issued a termination letter Feb. 23, 2012. While the county continued its fight, a judge ruling ordered her back to work December 2012. (More)

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Video/Pictures – Edgecombe County Human Services 1st Board Meeting

Click on picture to view more pictures. Marva Scott Director Social Services in this picture.

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Click on picture to watch video. Leonard Wiggins Chair County Commissioners and Eric Evans Assistant County Manager in this picture.

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Tarboro NC–The Edgecombe County Human Services Board Had It’s First Meeting On Tuesday February 19, 2013 Stay Tuned For Video 

First official Human Services meeting held – The Daily Southerner

Edgecombe merges health, social service departments under one board – The Rocky Mount Telegram

Marva Scott

Judge orders DSS director Scott back to work – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Marva Scott resumed her duties as the director of the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services (DSS) on Monday following a court ruling earlier in the day.

“Mrs. Scott looks forward to resuming her service to the people of Edgecombe County without further disruption or cost to the community,” said Scott’s lawyer, Kyle Nutt. (More)

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Edgecombe social services director returns to post – Rocky Mount Telegram

Edgecombe social services director returns to post – Rocky Mount Telegram

An N.C. Superior Court Judge ruled this week that Edgecombe County must allow Marva Scott to return to work as director of social services while awaiting a hearing on an appeal.

During a hearing Monday in N.C. Superior Court in Tarboro, Alma Hinton, senior resident Superior Court judge for the First Division Court of North Carolina, denied Edgecombe County’s motion to stay. If granted, the stay would have allowed the county to hold off on reinstating Scott until the county’s appeal is resolved. (More)

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Breaking News: Marva Scott Fired Edgecombe County Department Of Social Services Director Was Back On The Job Today 

Marva Scott

Breaking News: Marva Scott Fired Edgecombe County Department Of Social Services Director Was Back On The Job Today

Sources say Marva Scott was back in the office today.

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Breaking News: Judge orders Edgecombe to re-hire former DSS chief (Marva Scott) – Rocky Mount Telegram 

Marva Scott

Edgecombe appeals order to rehire social services director

TARBORO – Edgecombe County officials are appealing an N.C. administrative law judge’s decision that the county must reinstate Marva Scott as director of social services.

Attorneys who represent the county’s social services board, county commissioners and the county manager filed a petition for judicial review in N.C. Superior Court in Tarboro. They are asking the court to reverse the administrative law judge’s decision granting summary judgment in Scott’s favor and ordering the county to reinstate Scott and pay her attorneys’ fees of $62,750. They also are asking the court to uphold the decision of the county’s social services board to terminate Scott. (More)

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Judge rules to reinstate Scott as DSS director – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Marva Scott, who was terminated as director of the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services (DSS) last Feb. 29, has her job back.

On Dec. 20, A North Carolina Administrative Law Judge Augustus B. Elkins II ruled that Scott, be reinstated after he failed to find “just cause” for Scott’s termination.  The case in question was whether Scott “intentionally bent rules for at least one of [her] church members, to-wit, encouraging C.B. to apply for a position, “Social Worker II,” after the deadline of the posting period had closed, allowing the application to be considered after the posting period, and then selecting C.B. over qualified applicants that submitted their applications in a timely manner.” (More)

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Final Decision Order Granting Petitioner’s Motion For Summary Judgment Back Pay And Attorney Fees Marva G. Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director 

Breaking News: Judge orders Edgecombe to re-hire former DSS chief (Marva Scott) – Rocky Mount Telegram
Marva Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director Sources Say She Won The Lawsuit Against Edgecombe County
Marva Scott fired after 73-day suspension – Daily Southerner

Marva G. Scott 

Knight v. Higgs Court of Appeals Case – Knight Wins

Final Decision Order Granting Petitioner’s Motion For Summary Judgment Back Pay And Attorney Fees Marva G. Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director

Response: Now this is an interesting read. After reading this I wonder why would they consider appealing this case against Scott because it appears they had no documentation to justify their mess. If I am correct I don’t think they nor the petitioner can add anymore to this case if there is such an appeal.

I am requesting that they do not appeal this case to further spend county tax dollars on a situation that should have never taken place. The sad part is all of the players are black except one Social Services board member and 2 Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners.

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Breaking News: Judge orders Edgecombe to re-hire former DSS chief (Marva Scott) – Rocky Mount Telegram 
Marva Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director Sources Say She Won The Lawsuit Against Edgecombe County 
Marva Scott fired after 73-day suspension – Daily Southerner

Marva G. Scott 

Breaking News: Judge orders Edgecombe to re-hire former DSS chief (Marva Scott) – Rocky Mount Telegram

In response: Remember this The DCN broke this story on October 29, 2012: Marva Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director Sources Say She Won The Lawsuit Against Edgecombe County.

Here we go again another lawsuit in Edgecombe County. Damn I remember when some of these same Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners were involved in another lawsuit. When will they ever learn?

I remember when the Board of Commissioners allowed the Edgecombe County Board of Elections following the lead of Rev. Roosevelt Higgs to try to remove Rocky Mount City Councilmember Rev. Andre Knight from his seat on the council in the early 2000’s. Knight was and is also the President of the Rocky Mount Branch NAACP. Knight appealed and won, the county appealed and lost. They had to pay Knight attorney’s fees. Knight is still on the board today.

I remember when I serving on the N.E.E.D. Inc. Board of Directors as the Vice Chair as a representative of the County Commissioners serving as an appointee via Commissioner Rev. Wayne Hines seat in the late 90’s. While serving the N.E.E.D. Board members were about to act on Mr. A.J. Richardson’s resignation. We were going to send him on his way especially after learning that he had resigned but decided to stay several times but the deciding factor for us was there were some real issues and we wanted to clean up the organization and take it to another level.

An elderly friend and mentor who I had met before serving on the N.E.E.D. board William Hobbs former N.E.E.D. Inc. treasurer and former Internal Revenue Agent that retired in New Jersey served as a Nash County Commissioner representative and they kicked him off and they told Edgecombe County Commissioners under the leadership of the former County Manager Joe Durham to kick me off. I went to the meeting that Wednesday evening and Durham and Hines came to the meeting and removed me and Hines took his seat back on the board. Mr. Richardson lived in Nash County.

I used to attend the Social Services Board meetings back in the late 90’s and the early 2000’s when Hobert Freeman was the director. I don’t think I attended any meetings after Freeman left however I served on the Edgecombe County Workfirst Hearing Committee and continued to do that until it was replaced with a new program.

Edgecombe County hired the 1st Black director Marvin Rouse and when he retired Marva Scott was hired. I had heard a lot of noise about her and it appears that several employees were not happy about working under her leadership. So when I heard about her being fired I was not shocked.

So here we go again another lawsuit. In my opinion the attorney that represented the Commissioners in both of these lawsuits obviously gave them some ignant advice. Now I know the one in the Knight vs Higgs case gave them some ignant advice. I know because I was there and participated in the process plus videoed everything except I missed one hearing held with the Board of Elections.

Well I can’t wait to see how Edgecombe County will move forward on this so I will be following this one closely to see will they appeal or will they just pay Scott out?

An N.C. administrative law judge has ruled that Edgecombe County must re-hire former Social Services Director Marva G. Scott.

Judge Augustus B. Elkins II issued a ruling in favor of Scott’s motion for summary judgement in her appeal of the Feb. 29 decision by the county Social Services Board to fire her due to what the board described as personnel issues. Scott had been suspended by the board in December 2011 following several run-ins with board members. (More)

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Marva Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director Sources Say She Won The Lawsuit Against Edgecombe County

Mava Scott 

Knight v. Higgs Court of Appeals Case – Knight Wins

Marva Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director Sources Say She Won The Lawsuit Against Edgecombe County

Marva Scott was fired by the Edgecombe County Social Services. Sources say Scott appealed the case and she won.

I wonder how much money will they have to pay her in back pay and the cost of legal fees that were spent trying to fire Scott.

Anyone has any information they would like to share?

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Marva Scott fired after 73-day suspension – Daily Southerner

Marva Scott fired after 73-day suspension – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — What started as a 30-day suspension for Edgecombe County Department of Social Services Director Marva G. Scott has finally turned into termination.

The Daily Southerner has learned that Scott was terminated by the five-member Social Services Board effective March 1 — after being suspended last Dec. 19 for what was described as a personnel issue. (More)

Marva Scott fired after 73-day suspension – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — What started as a 30-day suspension for Edgecombe County Department of Social Services Director Marva G. Scott has finally turned into termination.

The Daily Southerner has learned that Scott was terminated by the five-member Social Services Board effective March 1 — after being suspended last Dec. 19 for what was described as a personnel issue. (More)