Pinetops – Janitor Charged With A Weapon On School Ground


Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr.


imageOn 03/18/19, Corporal R. Dozier II was working as the School Resource Officer at Southwest Edgecombe High School. School staff brought to Corporal Dozier’s attention that Jerome Faison Jr, a custodian at the school, had made threats to other staff and possibly had a gun. Corporal Dozier was able to get consent and to search Faison’s vehicle where he located a loaded handgun.

Faison was charged with Weapon on Educational Property and Carry Concealed Weapon. He was transported to the magistrate’s office where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond and released.

Sheriff Atkinson applauds school staff and Corporal Dozier for taking quick action and resolving this incident safely.

Note: Don’t get it twisted the Sheriff Office has a job to do and they did their part. It is the school system job to inform the parents about situations that take place at school where their children are during the day.

Edgecombe sheriff adds school resource officers – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Gate Keeper’s response: Thank you Sheriff Atkinson for always having safety and what you can do to help make Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play. I have found this brother to be one of the most caring men that I know. He love people and is a people’s person. Thank you for your humbleness but yet outspokenness because in this society we need someone with both traits.

TARBORO — Retired Edgecombe County deputies are helping keep middle schools safe thanks to a new state grant.

“We have three retired deputies covering the five middle schools,” said Sgt. Joe Cofield of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, who supervises the county’s school resource officers.

The retired deputies spend time every day at each school on a rotating basis.

“They spend fours in the morning then four hours in the afternoon at another school,” Cofield said.

The five middle schools in Edgecombe are: (Read more)

School board member resigns – Rocky Mount Telegram

Olga Dickens has resigned from the Edgecombe County Board of Education.

Dickens has been experiencing some long-term health issues that have prevented her from attending school board meetings since February. In a letter this week to board Chairwoman Evelyn Wilson, Dickens expressed her regret for having to make the decision to leave the board.

“First, let me thank you again for your continued support and prayers during my illness,” she stated in the letter. “I thoroughly enjoyed being a member of this board. The thought that the community had enough confidence in me to allow me this opportunity makes it even more regrettable that I find it necessary to resign from my position on the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education effective immediately. If there is any way I can help in any capacity, please know that I will be honored to do so.”

Wilson said school board members are sad to see her go but understand the need for the resignation and respect the spirit of the act. (Read more)

Board delays decision on Princeville school – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Dr. Bridges did the right thing because the County Commissioners fund the school system and the town of Princeville Commissioners need to come together and make sure everything is in place. What folk need to understand is that the elected officials can listen to the citizens but they have to make the best decision that they will be accountable for. Putting the school system back up and rolling is one thing but to be able have long term funding is the main thing. I don’t get it because just like the children moved during the school year due to the flood they can move during the school year if necessary. I remember we moved into a new high school SouthWest during the school year of February 1979 because I helped some teachers move.

TARBORO — The fate of Princeville Elementary School still remains uncertain as Monday night’s expected vote on the issue did not take place.

The “approval of Princeville Elementary School” was listed on the agenda for the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education meeting, and the school board was expected to vote on the restoration of the school that was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew roughly a year ago. However, Superintendent Dr. Valerie Bridges announced at the meeting that the vote had been delayed.

“At this time we will need to remove that item,” Bridges said. “There are a couple of meetings that need to occur before we make a final decision or it is brought to a vote before the board.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Regular Meeting of the Edgecombe County Board of Education Edgecombe County Board Rooms 412 Pearl Street Tarboro, NC 27886

September 11, 2017 AGENDA
6:30 P.M. (OPEN SESSION) (1) Call to Order of Regular Meeting of the Board (1.1) Pledge of Allegiance
(2) Recognitions   (2.1) Employee of the Month   (2.2) Introduction of 2017-2018 School Administrative Teams     (3) Public Comments  (This time for public comments has been established for citizens who desire to address the board and who register prior to the start of the meeting.  The Board has established a 3-minute time limitation for comments to be taken into consideration by the Board.  Feedback will not be given during the Board Session.  If a response is necessary, the Board will respond within ten working days.  Thank you. [Edgecombe County Board of Education Policy 2310])
(4) Approval of Agenda 
(5) Approval of Open Session Minutes 
(6) Items for Information  (6.1) State Accountability Release and School Performance Grades (6.2) District Teacher Turnover Percentage for 2016-2017 (6.3) Fundraisers:  SEMS Fundraiser with Curiositees Screen Printing to Sell T-shirts and Hoodies on August 24September 6, 2017  EECHS PTSO Fundraiser with Williams Plant Farm to Sell Chrysanthemums on September 5-18, 2017    (7) Committee Reports – None 
(8)A Consent Items (One Motion Approval)  (8.1.A) Field Trips:   Extended Day SWEHS (10058) – Wright Brothers Nat’l Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC; AFJROTC; 9/30/2017; Departure: 7:00 a.m. – Return: 7:00 p.m. THS (10476) – West Craven High School, Vanceboro, NC; Marching Bank; 09/30/2017;  Departure: 11:30 a.m. – Return: 11:00 p.m. NEHS (10479) – Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC; JROTC; 10/07/2017; Departure:            5:00 a.m. – Return: 11:00 p.m.
NEHS (10103) – Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC; Cheer Squad; 10/07/2017; Departure: 6:00 a.m.  – Return: 11:30 p.m. THS (10477) – West Johnston High School, Benson, NC; Marching Band; 10/07/2017; Departure: 12:00 p.m. – Return: 11:30 p.m.
(8.2.A) Fundraisers: Bulluck PTO Fundraiser with All-Star Products to Sell T-shirts for $10 and Hoodies for $20 on September 12 – 25, 2017 Carver Fundraiser with The Candy Man to Sell a Variety of Gifts for $9 – $30 on September 15– 18, 2017 SEMS with The Candy Man to Sell a Variety of Gifts (wrapping paper, popcorn, snacks, and savings cards) for $10 – $29.50 on September 21 – October 4, 2017 Bulluck PTO Fundraiser to Sell Raffle Tickets for $1 each from September 23 – October 6, 2017;  Host their Annual Fall Festival on October 6, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; and Sell Tickets for Games/Activities for $.50 each and a Bracelet for $15 each for Unlimited Access to all Games/ Activities PMS PTO Fundraiser with Zaxby’s on September 26, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. SEMS Athletic Department Fundraiser to Host an Annual Golf Tournament at Maccripine Country Club on October 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Charge a $200 Entry Fee per Team and Charge Sponsorships $100 per Hole  SEMS Jr. Beta Club Fundraiser with Legacy Fundraisers to Sell Butterbraids for $14 each on October 25 – November 7, 2017
(8)B Items for Action (8.1.B) Approval of 2017-2018 Budget Resolution (8.2.B) Approval of Edgecombe County Public School’s 2017-2018 Qualified Observers List (8.3.B) Approval of the Agreement for Confidential Data Exchange between ECPS and Stanford Research Organization
Motion Required: I make a motion under the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, Sections 143318.11 (a) (1), (a) (3), and (a) (6), to go into Closed Session to consider personnel matters, to consult with the attorney to preserve attorney-client privileged information, and to prevent the disclosure of student records rendered confidential under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, and the disclosure of personnel records rendered confidential under G.S. 115C-319 through 321.
CLOSED SESSION: (9.1) Personnel Management   (9.1.1) Listed Personnel (Resignations, New Hires, Retirements,                     Transfers, Leave Requests, Substitutes, etc.) (9.1.2) Extra Curricular Activities – Fall Sports 
(9.2) Student Management                         (9.2.1) Student Transfers
(9.3) Legal Issues – None
(9.4) Review of Closed Session Minutes

OPEN SESSION: (10) Approval of Closed Session Items:  (10.1) Personnel Management  (10.1.1)  Listed Personnel  (10.1.2)  Extra Curricular Activities – Fall Sports (10.2) Closed Session Minutes
(11) Board Correspondence   (12) Items Brought by Board Members or Superintendent for Consideration/Discussion (12.1) Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) Update
(13)  Adjourn

Edgecombe County Public Schools Announces Administrative Changes

Image may contain: text

Edgecombe County Public Schools

Yesterday at 8:19am · 


The Edgecombe County Public Schools system is making several changes to its lineup of school administrators for the upcoming school year.

“I am enthusiastic about the beginning of a new school year. Our students and teachers return each year with a sense of renewed energy and excitement,” said Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Valerie Bridges. “We have made several administrative changes. All of our administrative transitions are for the benefit of the school district and an effort to continue moving Edgecombe County Public School along a positive trajectory. Our goal is to meet every students’ needs, improve student achievement, and nurture and support our teachers to excellence.”

The following administrative changes will be in effect for the upcoming school year:

• Craig Harris, former SouthWest Edgecombe High School Principal, will now be the Principal for Tarboro High School.

• Kevin Cutler, former Tarboro High School Principal, will take over as Principal of SouthWest Edgecombe High School.

• Rebecca Sugg will now serve as an Assistant Principal of Tarboro High School. She was previously a School Counselor at SouthWest Edgecombe High School.

• Lavetta Roundtree has moved to SouthWest Edgecombe High School. She previously served as an Assistant Principal at Tarboro High School.

• Rashard Curmon will serve as an Assistant Principal at Tarboro High School. He previously served as the W.A. Pattillo Middle School Assistant Principal.

• Julie Simpson will be the Assistant Principal at W.A. Pattillo Middle School. Previously, she served as the Instructional Coach at Pattillo.

• John “Beau” Drake has been named as an Assistant Principal of SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Drake comes to ECPS from Franklin County Schools where he served as an Assistant Principal Intern.

• Leshaun Jenkins will be the Interim Assistant Principal of Phillips Middle School and Princeville Elementary School. He previously served as a History Teacher at Tarboro High School for 16 years.

• Caroline Joyce will transition from the role of Instructional Coach at North Edgecombe High School to Assistant Principal of the school.

The first day of school for students in traditional schools is Monday, August 28, 2017. Open House will be held for all students and their families on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.