In Response To School Board Votes To Hire Project Manager In The Rocky Mount Telegram

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The Opinion of Curmilus Butch Dancy II

So the following appears that the school board and the commissioners are at odds over hiring a project management services. It appears that the Nash County Commissioners wants to run the school board and if that be the case they may as well dismantle the school board. I like it the school board is taking a stand on the hiring of a project manager services.

“School board member Ann Edge made the motion to “authorize the board chair and the superintendent to execute a contract with Cumming Program Management, using a school system form as may need to be modified by the board attorney and interim superintendent to provide initial project management services through the bidding phase in an amount that shall not exceed $167,000, and for the board to request reimbursement of these funds from the Nash County commissioners.”

That motion was immediately and unanimously approved.”

“We have no intention of paying for the use of a project management firm,” Davis said. “I am concerned about this decision because I fear it will slow the progress toward building the new school.”

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Nash County NC – Sheriff Keith Stone Office Addresses The Jail Facilities Issues To The Nash County Commissioners

Sheriff Captain Allen Wilson gives update on the Nash County Jail. After watching Captain Wilson give report this was hard to believe that the jail is in this type of condition that is not good for the inmates nor the staff. This is a damn shame and should be an embarrassment to all of Nash County Citizens. It is more of an embarrassment that Robbie Davis Chair and the entire Board of Nash County Commissioners have attempted to make it Sheriff Keith Stone and his Office the problem here. It is amazing that anyone is working at the jail under these conditions so obviously they must love their job and evidently Sheriff Stone is a good person to work for. From what I know, I support Sheriff Keith Stone and the Sheriff Office. I hate the  have had to endure this attention however I would hope that Robbie Davis and the commissioners would apologize to you and be willing to listen to what they need to know from first hand experience.

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Republican Chair Nash County Commissioner Robbie Davis Takes Financial Resources From Republican Sheriff Keith Stone

This is a damn shame Robbie Davis and his flunky Commissioners have chosen to fight the highest Elected Official in the county over a problem he didn’t create. Hell this is the same crew that ran the first Black Superintendent of Nash County Schools out of town. I could not believe what I was seeing on TV last night when Robbie Davis was on but then again when you know them it makes all the difference. Damn shame! But the sad part is the Democrats on the board Fred Belfield Jr., Lou Richardson and Mary Wells are supporting Robbie’s agenda on anything he does. The Commissioners don’t want to raise taxes so they can say they don’t have a high tax rate like Edgecombe County. But by not raising taxes look at how the schools and the jail have gone underfunded. Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, LoveRockyMount, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV owned by Robbie Davis are not calling out Davis and crew. But these same Nash County folk have no problem with calling out Rocky Mount City Manager, City Council and other Black Folk in leadership.
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Nash weighs leaving gateway partnership – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Nash County Board of Commissioners is considering pulling out of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership.

Commissioners are set to discuss the matter Monday morning at their regularly-scheduled monthly meeting.

An agenda item for the meeting is titled “Commissioners to Discuss the Future Relationship between Nash County and the Carolinas Gateway Partnership.”

Supplimental information includes a statement from County Manager Zee Lamb on an agenda information sheet.

“Commissioners will decide whether to continue to be a partner in the Partnership or to discontinue being a partner and take on economic development as a county department,” Lamb said. (Read more)

Republicans take control of Nash County board – Rocky Mount Telegram

NASHVILLE — Nash County has a new chairman of the board.

Longtime Commissioner Robbie Davis was elected unanimously by the county’s seven-member board Monday to a second term as chairman. He previously served in that position from 2009-10. He was the first Republican chairman in recent history.

“There was a lot of bipartisan good will,” Davis said.

Davis was nominated for the position by Commissioner Wayne Outlaw, a Republican, with a second by outgoing Chairman Fred Belfield, a Democrat.

Outlaw was elected vice chairman with a nomination by Commissioner Lisa Barnes, a Republican, and a second by Commissioner Mary Wells, a Democrat.

Incoming Commissioner Dan Cone gives Republicans a majority on the board. Cone replaces retiring Democrat Billy Morgan. The board now sits at a four-three ratio of Republicans to Democrats. Davis, Outlaw, Barnes — along with Cone — are Republicans. Belfield, Wells and Commissioner Lou Richardson are Democrats.

As chairman, Davis said he plans to focus on two main issues.

“We need to bring jobs to Nash County,” Davis said, adding that Carolinas Gateway Partnership did an excellent job landing the CSX train-to-truck terminal, “but it’s time to turn it up.”

Davis said he also will focus on mending wounds caused by the two-year fight over funding of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

“That battle is over, but it left a lot of scars,” Davis said. “Now we need to work with the school board on capital needs.” (Read more)

Our View: School split stalemate goes to Raleigh – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: What I see here is just a COMPROMISE but for what? Will someone tell me why the need to do anything because the folk on Edgecombe County shops on the Nash side and they are reaping the economic benefits. But what tickles the hell out of me is the argument was that Robbie and Fred wanted Rocky Mount City to stop paying into the school system. I heard that the only reason the mess went to Raleigh was because Edgecombe agreed to 5 of the 7 items in the COMPROMISE. Again everybody I talk to says it was about COMPROMISE. Damn compromising children of Rocky Mount? So what will the next COMPROMISE be? Hell I ain’t mad just want to know the real significance of all this.

The failure of locally elected officials to negotiate a reasonable compromise over the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools district lines comes as a disappointment to all of us who had hoped for a settlement to emerge from the Twin Counties. But we’re heartened, at least, to see legislators from both sides of the county line working on a bill to be submitted to the N.C. General Assembly.

Prior to this week, it seemed that any legislation would be drafted by N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, at the request of Nash County commissioners. The Nash County board has been the instigator in the plan to split the school system if Edgecombe County did not pay more for. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Press Release: Democratic Legislators Statement on School System Compromise

 

       
   

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North Carolina General Assembly

State Legislative Building

Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

For Immediate Release – June 15, 2016

Rep. Shelly Willingham-D-Edgecombe; Rep. Bobbie Richardson, D-Franklin; Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash; Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Northampton.

For more information:  Contact Rep. Shelly Willingham – 252-813-0381 or Rep. Bobbie Richardson – 919-971-0571

Nash-Edgecombe Democratic Legislators Statement on School System Compromise

On June 15, Rep. Collins in the House Rules Committee replaced Senate Bill 382, formerly a transportation bill on the ferry system, with a compromise to prevent a split of the Nash-Rocky Mount school system. After a week of deliberations, the bill will address the financial concerns of the Nash County commissioners along with a name change in 2020 and a moratorium on lawsuits by the NRMS Board.  The bill also directs the city of Rocky Mount to pay the operations gap to Nash per Edgecombe County pupil for the next four years. Edgecombe County will handle the capital gap beginning in 2016-17, and in 2020, Edgecombe County will be responsible for all costs.  In a surprise move by Collins, the bill includes a trigger provision, that would set up a process for and de-merge the NRMS if the payments are not made as scheduled. In addition, the Local Government Commission will review and certify any issues regarding failure to make payments under this new legislation.

“While we do not support the name change, lawsuit or de-merger trigger provisions, we are relieved that this compromise arrangement will preserve the Nash-Rocky Mount school system, which was our number one priority,” said N.C. Rep Bobbi Richardson, D-Franklin. “It is estimated that name change will cost over $500,000, and those funds could definitely be better used for direct educational purposes.”

In addition to the financial directives, the bill includes a moratorium to prevent a lawsuit from occurring over the next 10 years by the Nash Rocky Mount School Board against Nash County over school funding. Although a split will be averted, a school system name change, to “Nash Administrative Unit” and “Nash School Board”, omitting Rocky Mount, will occur once the city finalizes its participation in the funding.

“I am satisfied that we got the best arrangement we could get to include the financial directives that our constituents support,” acknowledges N.C. Rep. Shelly Willingham, D-Edgecombe. “Although I am not a proponent of the name change, the lawsuit and the de-merger trigger provisions, the preservation of the school system and the financial provisions approved by Edgecombe are the most significant aspects of this bill. Keeping the system intact is pivotal for the region, for economic development, and most importantly, for our students and families. We’re glad that we could work together as a local delegation to reach an agreement. Now, we can begin to concentrate on other issues.”

Senators Bryant and Smith-Ingram issued a joint statement:  “We appreciate the heavy lifting done by our house delegation members and all the citizens and civic and business leaders in both counties who worked to save the Nash Rocky Mount Schools and our belief in regional collaboration. Like our Democratic colleagues in the House, we are not supportive of all the provisions, and we worry that the de-merger trigger provisions have not been sufficiently reviewed or vetted by us, the school systems or others potentially affected; however, at least in a worst case scenario, de-merger will be handled by the local school boards. We strongly oppose the heavy-handed process that led to this compromise, and the unnecessary trigger provisions that go beyond any language acted on in any public meetings by the Commissioners.  Moving forward, we will remain vigilant to protect our constituents from “trigger-happy” truce breakers.” 

Nash County commissioners questioned the funding formula over a year ago, challenging the 1992 legislation which created the Nash-Rocky Mount school system, resulting in the dismissal of a desegregation lawsuit. Since 1992, Rocky Mount has provided the gap funding for Edgecombe County students to ensure the same amount of funding per pupil is provided for students in both counties.  Rep. Jeff Collins, D-Nash joined a majority of the Nash Commissioners in threatening to de-merge the system if their ever-changing demands were not met, and Democratic legislators fought along with the City and Edgecombe County and three of the Democratic Nash Commissioners to keep the focus solely on the financial issues and saving the system.

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