Thursday, June 1, 2006
Letter to the Editor
I was asked by the Concerned Citizens Coalition to attend the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the City School Board as announced in the local newspapers.
The announcements indicated that the purpose of the called meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, was to “discuss hiring a superintendent.”
There was no discussion of hiring a superintendent. A motion was made by a board member to employ the acting superintendent (Mrs. Irene Walton) as a full time superintendent. The motion was seconded and the chair called for any questions before the vote. The vote was unanimous in support of the motion. Mrs. Walton thanked the board for the appointment.
A question from the audience was raised on the validity of such an appointment without any discussion on the criteria and the application process for the chief executive officer. Mrs. Martha Thomas(secretary) informed the group that she checked with the State Attorney General and got permission to proceed without a search and advertisement for the position. When asked how long was the appointment, the chair indicated that the contract was for one year.
The Concerned Citizens Coalition of Marshall County sat in a session about eight months ago when the board unanimously approved, (based on recommendation of a search committee and a citizens group), Dr. Cynthia Gentry. After less than six months the board terminated her services without adequate professional cause.
Thousands of tax dollars and much good-will were lost in the last appointment.
The Coalition prays that this second appointment within one year will be given adequate time to build a quality educational program for the children rather than for personal vindictiveness and hearsay.
The superintendent will need sincere support from the school board, the parents, the good citizens and the religious bodies of our community (churches).
Democratic Committee meeting:
On May 9 at 6:30 the Marshall County Democratic Executive Committee met at the Marshall County Courthouse.
Chairman George Powell apologized to the committee for not following the quarterly meeting schedule previously approved by the committee. The chairman brought the committee up to date on the trends of the Party in the State of Mississippi.
He told the committee that it is important for all Democrats to go to the polls on June 6 and vote their choice for one of the four candidates on the ballot (Bill Bowlin, Erik Fleming, James O’Keefe and Catherine M. Starr for U.S. Senate) - (William Bambach, Joe Forsythe, Jr., James K. (Ken) Hurt, Ron Shapiro for U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District).
The committee discussed the progress of the country under Democratic leadership that made our country a better place for all citizens over the past 50 years. Some the policies for which Democratic leadership led the way include:
1. Social Security
2. Balanced Federal Budget
3. Minimum wage throughout the country
4. Passage of Civil Rights laws
Some of the Democratic men and women who made a difference for the good of all the people include - President Lyndon B. Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King , President John F. Kennedy, Senator Barbara Jordan, President Jimmy Carter, President William Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Shirley Chisholm and many others.
The current members of our Congress and Executive Branch have:
1. Tripled the federal budget (to be paid for by future generations)
2. Lost more than 2,000 men and women in a senseless war.
3. Reduced federal aid to needy children and families.
4. Cut funding for service and humanitarian programs.
5. Does not support increasing minimum wage, although the cost of living continues to escalate.
Lucy Carpenter and her assistants demonstrated the new voting machines. This was an enlightening experience for all 23 members in attendance.
The committee committed itself to support the candidates of the Democratic Party who have demonstrated their promotion of responsible leadership for all Americans.
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