Nash, Edgecombe should continue to work toward schools solution – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: I totally agree!

The potential division of the Nash-Rocky Mount Publlic Schools system is an issue of great concern to me and Cummins Inc. Dividing the school district would have a tremendously negative impact on our entire community.

As the second-largest employer in the area, Cummins has a vested interest in ensuring the area maintains a strong educational system. In fact, we work around the world to create educational opportunities as we believe quality education is critical for healthy communities.

Cummins supported the consolidation of the Rocky Mount City Schools and Nash County Schools into the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system in 1992, and we continue to support the positive gains that have been made under the consolidated school system, which we believe is in the best interest of the community as a whole. (Source: Read more)

School district tax proposed to avert split – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Don’t need to raise no taxes. Robbie Davis and crew has attempted to bully Edgecombe County into this mess. School split ain’t happening. Let’s move on!

A proposed compromise to avoid splitting Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools includes the possible resurrection of a school district tax.

The tax district would be a last-ditch measure to pay Edgecombe County’s share of funding to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools as presented in a proposal by Rocky Mount City Manager Charles Penny.

The proposal isn’t sitting well with either side. Edgecombe County officials would like to maintain the status quo while Nash County officials want to see Rocky Mount removed from the school funding picture altogether.

“We gave it out best effort,” Penny said, adding the plan was drafted with the ultimate goal of preserving current boundaries of the school system. (Source: Read more)

Rocky Mount, Edgecombe officials chide Nash board over schools split – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: The video tells the whole story: Photos/Video: Edgecombe/Nash County Commissioners & Rocky Mount City Council Meet To Discuss School Split Mess

Edgecombe County and Rocky Mount officials expressed their adamant opposition to a split of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools along county lines at a joint meeting Friday.

The Nash County Board of Commissioners that voted 4-3 to seek legislation to realign the school system dropped out of the meeting earlier this week.

Councilman Andre Knight called Nash commissioners Robbie Davis and Wayne Outlaw cowards for not attending the meeting. Davis and Outlaw have been outspoken in their desire to divide the school system along county lines.

Knight said the school split was part of a conspiracy by members of the tea party in the N.C. General Assembly to turn back the hands of time. (Source: Read more)

Photos/Video: Edgecombe/Nash County Commissioners & Rocky Mount City Council Meet To Discuss School Split Mess

Sorry but I set the camera up and left the meeting and arrived back though before the meeting was over. Sound is kinda low because they didn’t use microphones and I was not in the room to zoom in. Was a very informative meeting and goes to show how Robbie Davis is trying to pull of this mess which is not a financial issue.

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School Split: Nothing Pisses Me Off More Than Black Folks Whom Don’t Attend Meetings But Have The Answers

I get so sick and tired of black folks whom don’t go to meetings but get a report from someone at the meeting and then base their opinion from what that person said. That is okay until you talk to me and I tell you that oh hell no my opinion is not the same as yours so don’t go there. You see I have had an opinion of the school split way before last night so I ain’t the one.

First of all you need to be at the meetings to try to tell me what took place at the meeting and so we can have a real discussion.

I have a problem with your opinion not being based on the real issue at hand but want to make the issue be your opinion of how the people feel when the people have clearly stated at the meeting where they stand. Don’t call me talking otherwise what you feel others are saying but they didn’t say it at the meeting. But the main thing is you say they didn’t say it at the meeting. Well what they said at the meeting was keeping in line with what the actual issue at hand is. Now ain’t nobody got time for folks to attempt to make the issue what they want it to be.

Folks when I deal with issues and people I look at what the issue is and who is bringing it forth.

The issue with the school split is Robbie Davis and 3 more of the Nash County Board of Commissioners say Edgecombe County Public Schools need to pay more money and that the Rocky Mount City Council should not pay anything. Well ain’t a damn thing wrong with the school systems as it stands coming out of the lawsuit filed back in 1991. All school districts have an issue with funding for many reasons. However to make it appear that Edgecombe ain’t paying what they suppose to be paying is another issue and a lie from from I have seen and heard as it relates to the outcome of the merger back in the early 90’s. Dealing with the financial piece is one thing but how to go about it is another.

The problem here with the school split is that Robbie Davis a business and a Nash County Commissioner along with 3 more commissioners are trying to find a way to justify their mission because he but not limited to, has a problem with the black superintendent and more.

There is a hidden agenda that only a few folks knows about while folks like Roosevelt Higgs want to add his spill to the issue trying to say that the people in Rocky Mount City do not want their children to go to Edgecombe County Public Schools. Well sir that is your opinion but not the issue here. And not even totally true because some in the Rocky Mount City goes to Edgecombe County Public Schools so you don’t even know what the hell you are talking about.

Let deal with the Robbie Davis driven issue at hand that deals with the financial piece. Like I said last night and other times, this has nothing to do with academics but only finances so let’s make sure that the Davis argument is shut down so we can continue to move forward. I ain’t going to entertain anyone who wants to talk about their opinion that has nothing to do with the real issue at hand.

So final warning don’t call me nor say anything to me in person if we ain’t going to talk about the real issue at hand the financial myth brought forward by Robbie Davis.

Rocky Mount City Council And Edgecombe County Commissioners Will Still Meet On Friday Inspite Of Nash Commissioner Withdrawing

Nash County Board of Commissioners had called a meeting with the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners  and the Rocky Mount City Council were going to be included. But Nash Commissioners didn’t want Rocky Mount City Council at the table.

Well the meeting is still on however will go on without the Nash County Commissioners at the table.

See related:

Meeting Cancelled! Not Surprised! Nash County Commissioners And That School Merger/Split Mess!

Meeting Cancelled! Not Surprised! Nash County Commissioners And That School Merger/Split Mess!

Thank you Bronson Williams for sharing this on your facebook page.

Is it really that serious? Seems to me that Nash County has some strong feelings about the City of Rocky Mount. This cancellation really speaks to the intentions of Nash County Board. See below

The Nash County Board of Commissioners recently requested a special meeting with the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners to discuss the realignment of the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System boundary. Nash County staff was advised last week that the Edgecombe Board had agreed to meet on May 15, 2015 at 11:00 am and proceeded on Friday, May 8th to post the special meeting to the website and make all required notifications accordingly.

On Monday, May 11, 2015, Nash County officials were advised of the intention of Edgecombe County to include City of Rocky Mount officials at the May 15th meeting without the consent of the Nash County board. While Nash County is willing to meet with city officials separately at a later date, the purpose of the scheduled meeting was to meet directly with the Edgecombe County board to discuss the school boundary. The Nash County Board of Commissioners strongly feel, when dealing with such a complex issue, that having twenty-eight people at the initial meeting would be counterproductive.

Therefore, since Edgecombe County Commissioners have expressed that they will not meet exclusively with Nash County Commissioners as requested, the previously scheduled May 15th meeting has been canceled. Edgecombe County was advised of this decision prior to official notice of the cancellation.

Fred Belfield,
Chairman Nash County Board of Commissioners

This meeting will go forward: Black leaders oppose proposal to split school district – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount NAACP Hosts Town Hall Meeting about County Line Merger

Black leaders oppose proposal to split school district – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: In response to a comment by someone hiding behind a code name.

You will agree with Rep. Collins just to disagree with Councilman Knight and Rep. Willingham so that is nothing new.

I didn’t read where Rep. Collins said what happened 25-30 years ago is not relevant for today? What I read was Rep. Collins said, “However, N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, said that the comparison between events now and in the past are not as simple as Willingham states.

“We are not going back to the same three school system formula as we were before,” Collins told the Telegram. “So I am not sure how you can compare what is going on now with what happened then.”

So what part of the following picture do you and Rep. Collins don’t get because it is clear to me, “Willingham said Nash County “is again reneging on its settlement of this lawsuit and pushing actions to render Edgecombe County and Rocky Mount a racial and economic wasteland.”

“Whether it’s their overt intention or not, they are using the justification of disparities in capital funding and county wealth as a basis to re-segregate the system and re-draw the lines to exclude the predominantly black and lower wealth families of Edgecombe-Rocky Mount along the railroad boundary that they know brings a history of friction that signifies both racial and economic differences,” Willingham said.”

Yep that is the problem if it were more white students I wonder would Robbie Davis be pushing this discussion?

You say have a black Superintendent. Hell some didn’t want him then and some don’t want him now and that is a major issue as well that is being left out of the equation but just last month it was a force trying to fire him.

The whole thing is RACIAL and that is okay for me. What ain’t okay is when folks want to deny it’s racial overtones.

The Nash County Commissioners under the leadership of Robbie Davis is pushing the issue as financial. Well Rep. Collins made some sense when he said, “Collins said that he does see the need for the current system to change.”

“I am in favor of each county paying for the cost of educating the students from their own county,” he said.

“I think that is only fair. I just am not sure if splitting the system along the county line will be necessary to do this,” Collins said. “I think we need to find a way for Edgecombe County to start paying their share of the cost of educating their students. I am just not sure what it is going to take to make this happen.”

But the problem with that is Nash County Commissioners said, “Nash County commissioners have said their main reasons for asking for the county line split of the school system are the inequities in current funding formula and a desire to see Rocky Mount removed from the funding formula because of the strain this causes on utilities costs.”

In other words Nash Commissioners are trying to remove Rocky Mount City Council out of the equation trying to say there are inequities in current funding formula and to use the utilities because that is something that has been a hot issue over the years. Well damn so they don’t want the Rocky Mount City Council to pay anything and the main thing is using the citizens of Rocky Mount against each other.

If Nash County Commissioners are on to something and can prove there are funding inequities then deal with that but why do there need to be a school split? Just makes no damn sense to me but that is just my ignant opinion.

Black leaders oppose proposal to split school district

N.C. Rep. Shelly Willingham, D-Edgecombe, and Andre Knight, president of the Rocky Mount branch of the NAACP, both recently spoke out against using county lines to split schools in Rocky Mount.

Knight said the Rocky Mount branch of the NAACP plans to hold a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the request of the Nash County commissioners to divide the Nash-Rocky Public Schools district along county lines. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m at the OIC Auditorium in Rocky Mount. (Source: Read more)

Edgecombe board opposes schools split – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: Makes no sense to undo this. See lawsuit dated 1991: Press Release from Rep. Shelly Willingham, NC House District 23: Some Nash County Commissioners’ Actions Will Re-Segregate Local Schools

TARBORO – The Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday against a proposed split of the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system.

The vote puts Edgecombe commissioners in line with the Edgecombe County Board of Education, Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education and Rocky Mount City Council in opposing the split.

In a 4-3 vote on April 20, the Nash County Board of Commissioners barely approved a proposal requesting the N.C. General Assembly realign the Nash-Rocky Mount system along county lines.

The plan would undo 1992 legislation that merged Tarboro city schools system with Edgecombe County Public Schools and created Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. (Source: Read more)

Press Release from Rep. Shelly Willingham, NC House District 23: Some Nash County Commissioners’ Actions Will Re-Segregate Local Schools

For Immediate Release

April 27, 2015

Some Nash County Commissioners’ Actions Will Re-Segregate Local Schools

By Rep. Shelly Willingham, NC House District 23; Plaintiff in the lawsuit leading to the merger, member of the Rocky Mount City School Board during the merger and member of Merger Plan Task Force.

“Nash County Commissioners conveniently fail to mention that the merger of the Nash Rocky Mount Schools was a part of the settlement of a 1989 federal court school desegregation lawsuit”, emphasizes Rep. Shelly Willingham, one of the plaintiffs in The Rocky Mount City Board of Education, Shelly Willingham, Merland Wright (on behalf of their children), et. al. (class action- Citizens for Equality and Educational Justice) vs. the Nash County Board of Education and the Rocky Mount City Board of Education (89-336-CIV-5-F) in the US District Court for the Eastern District of NC- Raleigh Division in 1989. According to Rep. Willingham, the suit was filed because of the increasing segregation of the Rocky Mount City School System, the refusal by the Nash County School system after desegregation to release its White students to attend Rocky Mount City Schools, the longstanding controversy over school district and city boundaries since the 1970’s and Nash County decisions regarding capital expenditures and school locations designed to increase White flight from the Rocky Mount City Schools.

“The lawsuit included charges that Nash County never fully desegregated its schools in the 1970’s leaving historically Black schools with many empty seats while building new schools and adding new classrooms in predominantly White areas; as Rocky Mount desegregated its schools in the 1970’s, Nash county changed its previous policy of releasing city annexed areas into the Rocky Mount School system which effectively froze the City of Rocky School lines and supported the strategy of White flight of Rocky Mount citizens from the City of Rocky Mount Schools to the county schools while they still lived within the city limits causing increased segregation in the Rocky Mount Schools” , says Rep. Willingham.

Willingham who was on the Merger Task Force shares that the merger proposal that became the centerpiece of the settlement through SB612 (1992) was entitled “Together by Choice” – a commitment to quality education, qualify of life and economic development in Rocky Mount and both counties. Willingham emphasizes: “It is notable that the proponents of dismantling the Nash Rocky Mount School System have not mentioned the lawsuit and the merger as the settlement. Whether it’s their overt intention or not, they are using the justification of disparities in capital funding and county wealth as a basis to re-segregate the system and re-draw the lines to exclude the predominantly Black and lower wealth families of Edgecombe/Rocky Mount along the railroad boundary that they know brings a history of friction that signifies both racial and economic differences. In addition, they are attempting to de-legitimize the role of Rocky Mount citizens in funding education as if our city school system was not the major party in this merger. Rocky Mount citizens, Edgecombe and Nash, have always been in the education business — the leading advocates for and funders of quality education in this region for generations.”

According to Rep. Willingham, Nash County is again reneging on its settlement of this lawsuit and pushing actions to render Edgecombe County and Rocky Mount a racial and economic wasteland. He poses these critical questions: “What families will want to move to or remain in Edgecombe Rocky Mount when their children cannot go to high school in their own city or to the best school facilities and programs? How is it fair for Nash County to benefit from the generations of investment Edgecombe County/Rocky Mount citizens have made in the school facilities that they will retain and that have helped build up their wealth and the sales taxes and city tax benefits and amenities they enjoy from the City of Rocky Mount that Edgecombe County citizens equally contribute to? How is it just that they can just banish these Edgecombe families from their own public investments to the adjoining county system as if they were selling slaves on a plantation?”

“There is no discussion of the impact of this forced racial and geographical re-stigmatization on the quality of education and life in both counties – affecting every one of all races and locations. This re-packaging of “county-line merger” is the same old re-segregation and divisiveness dressed up in new clothes. They are not just splitting a school system but the entire City of Rocky Mount. As a responsible public official throughout my career, I am willing to work to address any legitimate public education issues that need to be resolved; however, I will fight this county-line merger/re-segregation proposal with all my might. It time for us to bring back the Citizens for Equality and Educational Justice and the “Together by Choice” Movement from 1990.” : says Willingham.

 

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School board questions motivation for performance audit – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: It is quite interesting because it seems as if Robbie Davis is behind all of this. Folks it appears it is more to this than just about splitting the school system.

NASHVILLE – Nash-Rocky Mount school board members raised questions Thursday about Nash County commissioners spending nearly $60,000 for a performance audit of the school system during a joint meeting with commissioners in Nashville.

School board Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck asked what commissioners are looking for in the audit.

“I am hoping that the study will show the good things that are going on as well as any problems,” county board Chairman Fred Belfield said. “I, for one, am not going to accept a one-sided study.”

Nash County commissioners recently voted to hire Evergreen Solutions to conduct the audit at a cost of $59,500. Though another company came in with a lower bid, commissioners said they felt that Evergreen Solutions would do a more thorough job. (Source: Read more)

Mayor expresses city’s opposition to proposed schools split – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: It is a shame to Rocky Mount Telegram do not expose these ignants hiding behind code names. When will these ignants respond sensibly to the articles posted? I have come to their conclusion that their mission is to attempt to divide and conquer but they can’t! So glad there are more folks with sense than these ignants who continue to post just that ignant mess! Some were waiting on a response from the City Council and I feel it is a damn good one! Thank you!

Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs spoke Monday on behalf of the City Council in opposition to the proposed dissolution of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools along county lines.

“The county line merger would divide Rocky Mount students and would be detrimental to the cohesiveness our community has been building,” he said. “And it would be contrary to the Twin County Visioning and Strategic Plan, which calls for regionalization.” (Source: Read more)

Nash Board Seeks Legislation To Divide Schools

The Political Agitator response: Nash County Commissioners don’t want to admit it is about race! It is all about they don’t want to take care of those black children on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount. You see some whites moved to Nash County to get away from black folks but you see some of your black children goes to school on the Nash side so something gots to be done! Do you hear me? Just my ignant opinion.

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Nash Board Seeks Legislation To Divide Schools

By LINDELL JOHN KAY

Rocky Mount Telegram Staff Writer,

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NASHVILLE – In a split vote Monday, the Nash County Board of Commissioners voted to seek legislation to divide Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools along Nash and Edgecombe county lines.

The board voted 4-3 to ask the N.C. General Assembly to introduce a bill that could send as many as 2,000 students who live on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount to Edgecombe County Public Schools.

Commissioner Wayne Outlaw, who made the motion, said he would vote to scrap those plans if the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners voted to increase its funding to the Nash-Rocky Mount school system.

Voting for the proposal were Outlaw, Robbie Davis, Lisa Barnes and Billy Morgan. Opposing the measure were Chairman Fred Belfield, Mary Wells and Lou Richardson.

All seven board members agreed something had to change in the way the school system was funded.

The N.C. General Assembly combined Nash and Rocky Mount schools into a single school district in 1992.

“I would vote for county line because I voted for county line 30 years ago,” Morgan said prior to Monday’s vote.

Belfield said he wanted to wait and hear what Edgecombe officials decided at their meeting.

Barnes said Nash commissioners had been trying unsuccessfully to talk about the issue with Edgecombe officials since September 2013.

“I cannot walk away from here today without a decision,” Outlaw said in making the motion. “I’ve got to support county line today.”

Davis said he wanted to split the school system, but was willing to work with Edgecombe officials on funding issues.

“It’s unacceptable that Nash County taxpayers keep paying the bill,” Davis said.

Wells, who represents Rocky Mount residents in District 6, said she supported having Edgecombe pay more for schools, but could not vote for a split.

The system’s student body is 87 percent from Nash County and 13 percent from Edgecombe.

Nash commissioners said Edgecombe should fund at least 13 percent of the operational costs and capital expenditures.

Typically, Edgecombe funds about 3 percent with the City of Rocky Mount making annual payments to the school system.

Nash commissioners previously presented three options: Have the General Assembly vote to split the school system along county lines; leave the system as is but remove Rocky Mount from the funding formula and have Edgecombe County agree on equal per-student funding; or not change anything.

When making the presentation Nash commissioners immediately said they could not support the third option.

Nash commissioners voiced disappointment that Edgecombe commissioners did not attend a meeting earlier this month where the options were presented along with information from a 34-page report issued in November of a study conducted by MGT of America on a possible school split.

Outlaw said Edgecombe commissioners could “pay their fair share” or get ready for a county line split.

“We tried to work with them,” Outlaw said after the meeting.

“Please do not respond to this email as I am not here every day. Please send concerns or questions to Karon Hardy at bryantla@ncleg.net

or call 919-733-5878.”

Edgecombe should speak up on split – Rocky Mount Telegram

About the only elected leaders in the Twin Counties who haven’t aired a full debate on a proposal to split Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools are Edgecombe County commissioners – the officials whose constituents would be the most directly affected by such a change.

That’s a great disservice to students, parents, teachers and administrators in Edgecombe County.

Splitting the Nash-Rocky Mount school system along county lines, as Nash County commissioners voted to suppport Monday, could trigger an influx of as many as 2,000 students into the Edgecombe County Public Schools system. (Source: Read more)

Edgecombe County School board votes against county line – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: I hate I missed the meeting but I was tired after running all day with and for my dad. It appears that the meeting went well.

TARBORO – The Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday to draw up a resolution opposing the division of Rocky Mount schools along county lines; however, the issue was not even raised during the joint meeting with Edgecombe County commissioners.

Last week, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education also voted to request the legal staff to draw up a resolution opposing the county line division. Edgecombe County Public Schools plans to model their resolution after the Nash-Rocky Mount document when it is written. (Source: Read more)