Students suspended after participating in National Walkout Day – WITN

The Watch Dog response: This is quite interesting because this is the only school that I have heard of that students got suspended. I know schools have rules but I feel that in this situation the community need to come together the see what can be done so these students records will not be blemished. Go over to Tarboro 27886 and see the ignant ass racist white folk commenting about this article. I wish I had a student in the school so I could challenge the system.

TARBORO, N.C. (WITN) – Students at one Eastern Carolina high school are speaking out after they were suspended for taking part in National Walkout Day.

Sixteen students at North East Carolina Prep School in Tarboro originally walked out of class at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday as a show of support for the 17 victims in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

Principal Phillip Lampron told the students he respected their rights to walk out, but that he had to follow school policy which says students must stay inside.

He told the group that if they immediately went back into class there would be no punishment. One student returned.

The fifteen others were given in-school suspensions. Several we spoke to today said not only were they honoring those killed in the Florida shooting, but they were also taking a stand against something that never should have happened.

“I mean it’s basically telling us that for us standing up we did the wrong thing but in reality we did the right thing because it’s showing everybody that we actually care,” said K-Aja Sheridan, a senior at the school. (Read more)

Charters post mixed grade results – Rocky Mount Telegram

Charter schools in the Twin Counties received mixed results on recent school performance grades, with North East Carolina Preparatory School showing an overall improvement and Rocky Mount Preparatory School showing an overall decline from the previous year.

North East Carolina Prep, which has posted extremely low scores during the past few years, showed improvement in almost every area since new management took over mid-stream last school year.

The school still has an F letter grade, but its performance scores moved up considerably from a 31 in 2013-14 to a 37 in 2014-15, just three points shy of a D score. Overall math scores moved from a 23 to a 27 and reading scores jumped from a 39 to a 47, bringing the subject up to a D rating. (Source: Read more)

Tarboro charter school cuts 5 teachers – 9 WNCT

TARBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Some charter school children are now with a new teacher after North East Carolina Prep let go five positions on Friday.

Executive Director Miles Brite told WNCT this move within the first month of school is from the need to consolidate.

At least one let go was a kindergarten teacher.

Brite said they had expected 80 students but only got around 60. (Source: Read more)

North East Prep confronts fiscal woes – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: Well I think it is the waiting game now, wait and see how all of this unfold. I just understand how Westberg hired all of these folks but then again, yes I can it is called you owe your friends.

TARBORO – Academic performance is not the only problem facing North East Carolina Prep School.

While the charter school has been scrambling in the wake of former executive director John Westberg’s dismissal in November to improve student achievement to meet state requirements and avoid potential sanctions, financial woes also have had to be confronted.

Speculation about North East Prep’s finances has been circulating for several months, but the full scope of the situation was not known by a majority of school officials until after Westberg’s departure.

The result has been a close examination of budgetary procedures that has included diligent efforts by outside consultants to rectify the situation and get the school on a more sound financial footing.

School officials said concerns have been identified and addressed, and North East Prep’s financial fortunes have turned a relative about-face. (Source: Read more)

Charter schools need more oversight – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: The issue with NECP is about effective leadership. Don’t even try to make it appear as if the NECP issue is a Public School issue. When the Public Schools do not meet the state mandate they will be sanctioned as well so until that time the Public Schools are not a part of this equation. The problem is the former E.D. I understand had issues when he came to Edgecombe County Public Schools and after the mess went down at SouthWest High School he went on to start the NECP with some folks whom had been seeking to start another school. However obviously they didn’t understand or didn’t give a damn about the children because how can you pay someone to lead when they have stated they have a problem with testing? When the supporters of the NECP recognize and understand that it is all about educating and testing, I repeat testing the children, then the better off they will be. But with the school not functioning well when they had a lot of more children and now since many have left, will they really be able to recover? Well time will tell but in the meantime ya’ll better understand that it is all about the children and not the ego of starting a new school for all of the wrong reasons. I repeat I ain’t about Charter Schools. However when one is allowed to open, then I expect it to serve it’s purpose by making sure they follow the state mandated requirements. I heard that this guy has gone to another county, will not name at the moment and is trying to do something else with education. I know not! I was totally shocked about the Lenoir county issue because I know of the person who was running the school there from being an advocate for education especially black children. I read in the paper last week about the money issue and that the school has shut down what a damn shame children had to move to another school after the school had begun instead of shutting it down before the school year began.

As administrators of charter schools in Edgecombe County, Kinston and other parts of the state are beginning to learn: Running a school isn’t as easy as it looks.

North East Carolina Preparatory School is in a tailspin. The Edgecombe County charter school has received notice from the state that it did not meet proficiency or growth requirements in the 2013-14 school year. The administration has changed since September, and leaders are scrambling to meet state requirements in each of the next two years. (Source: Read more)

Charter Schools

My response to my white friend whom we had just a little discussion about the North East Carolina Prep Charter School issue as they fired John Westburg former founding member and Executive Director whom didn’t think testing matter even though it is state mandated.

“I ain’t into Charter Schools but I do want them to serve their purpose because if they do not, the children will be the one that lose in the end. It is all about the children.” Curmilus Dancy II Sunday February 1, 2015

So for all of my haters, those whom call me a racist, militant and other and always trying to twist what I have to say when I say what I mean and mean what I say, “Now Run & Tell That!”


The Political Agitator response: I am still trying to figure out why everyone in the school didn’t know about the academic woes because how can you work towards improvement if you don’t know about the problem? So did the outgoing Executive Director want the school to fail or should you say that was out he showed how much he loved the school? So why did they need to hire Diane LeFiles since Taro Knight was already there?

TARBORO – North East Carolina Preparatory School is making changes in the wake of a state warning that the school is in danger of receiving a “designation of inadequate performance” for not meeting mandated state standards for student proficiency or academic growth.

A vast majority of North East Prep personnel – from the board of directors to teachers – were unaware of the academic woes until new Executive Director Miles Brite brought them to the board’s attention in December.

The result has been a scramble to implement programs and put mechanisms in place to ensure the school shows academic growth for this school year to meet state mandates and avoid potential sanctions. (Source: Read more)

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:

North East Prep suspends operations director – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: After hearing rumors about Knight being suspended and then later being told he had been fired, I then tried to reach him. I was able to reach him on last week and after speaking to Knight he was in good spirit and stated that he was pleased with the outcome of the investigation in which he would not go into detail. I understand personnel policies and procedures so I did not ask him specific questions. He did confirm he was suspended for 30 days, not fired and that he would be returning to work.

TARBORO – An apparent violation of a school harassment policy led North East Carolina Prep School officials to suspend one of its directors for a month without pay.

According to reports, North East Prep Director of Operations Taro Knight is currently serving a 30-day suspension without pay. Knight also is a member of the Tarboro Town Council.

“Taro Knight was suspended without pay for 30 days, effective Sept. 3, 2014,” North East Prep Director of Communications Diane LeFiles said in an email response to questions on the matter. “Upon advice of our attorneys, we are not at liberty to provide any additional information about this or any confidential matter.” (Source: Read more)

Testing has ‘no relevance’ to NECP – Daily Southerner

The Political Agitator response: So what do you think about this?

TARBORO — While Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) is ramping up efforts in preparation for year-end state assessment testing starting June 2, North East Carolina Prep (NECP) is effectively going through the motions of testing its students.

Since Monday, students in third-ninth grades at the county’s only charter school have been taking state end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.
The tests – which are a focus of virtually all public school systems – are "not emphasized" at NECP, according to communications director Diane LeFiles.
(Source: Read more)

The Real Angela Tolston Responds To Comments That She Says She Didn’t Write On My Blog About The Edgecombe County Charter School

There were some comments that were posted to my blog post “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” and it was signed Angela Tolston and had an email and a website address. I found the comments to be very interesting. I received several phone calls, several emails and some discussion on Facebook about the comments.

Today I was asked by Mrs. Tolston’s husband to remove the comments. I had no problem with removing the comments. I do not know Mr. & Mrs. Tolston so I don’t have any reason to doubt them as they say Mrs. Tolston did not make those comments.

The following is what Angela Tolston posted in the comments on last night: “I am the REAL Angela Tolston, and I DID NOT write these comments. I was informed by a friend of this site and my alleged comments. I have never heard of this site until he told me about it. I do own a salon in Rocky Mount but I also have two black stylist employed with me. I own a multi-ethnical salon. Someone with an hidden agenda against me wrote those comments. I have contacted my attorney and this will be investigated and I will seek litigation against this individual.”

Start of classes successful – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — North East Carolina Prep School had a few glitches in its first week, but the start of the school year was an overall success.

“I’m not sure if the parking lot was ever meant for 390 parents,” said Taro Knight, NECPS’ director of communications/ community outreach. (More)

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Enthusiasm contagious at NECPS open house – The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The enthusiasm at the former Tarboro Edgecombe Academy was contagious at Monday’s “back-to-school” night for Edgecombe County’s new public charter school, North East Carolina Prep School (NECPS). Parents and teachers alike expressed their excitement about today’s first day of school. (More)

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