Some Potpourri for 9/26/07



This whole thing involving Andrews has me too worked up to focus on other things that MUST be mentioned today…most notably:

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.1. Our school board, as usual, in the dead of night, voted to extend an 8% raise to Supt. Dr. Grier. The lone dissenter: Darlene Garrett, who said that Grier failed to meet district goals to improve SAT scores. God bless you, Darlene. See today’s News & Record for more. I probably would have been the other dissenter if I was on the board.

2. They also are making plans for a twilight school aimed at students at risk of dropping out. In addition, they also approved action plans for Dudley, Smith and High Point Central High Schools. Ironically, at this hour, Judge Howard Manning is holding a hearing to add more schools to his hit-list. This may be a developing story before this day is out, we’ll attempt to monitor events from Raleigh.


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.UPDATE, 9/26/07, 2:29PM: Link to News-14 Carolina story here (with video) on Judge Manning’s hearing.


3. Not a word from Board members on yesterday’s melee at Grimsley High School. From a staff report in today’s News & Record:

GREENSBORO — Three Grimsley High School students assaulted another student Monday on an outdoor walkway between classes, according to police.

The victim, whose name was not released because he is younger than 18, was treated at Moses Cone Hospital and released, said Marc Ridgell, Grimsley’s school resource officer.

Ridgell said the assault did not involve weapons and did not appear to be gang-related. One juvenile suspect was disciplined by the school, and two 16-year-old suspects assailants also face criminal charges.

4. The “Nation’s Report Card” was released yesterday. Check this out from DPI:

The 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the
Nation’s Report Card, showed North Carolina fourth and eighth graders’
performance on par with or better than the nation’s performance in
reading and mathematics, according to information released this morning
by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). To read more,
please go to the NCDPI Web site at and
look under “News.”

Link to an Associated Press story from Raleigh yesterday…click here.

5. The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Kudos to Board member Amos Quick for growing weary of hearing the same anti-gang presentations. Quick is about solutions. So his solution is to partner with Greensboro’s business community and create a teen/mentor summit this weekend at the Greensboro Colisuem. Mentors are needed, and are being asked to come on Saturday, teens can come on Sunday. Quick said he wanted to focus on the “other 95 percent of teens who are not involved with gangs in Greensboro.”


6. My friend Doug Clark inks a column in today’s News & Record about better regionalism in light of recent events and focuses on the whole Simeon Stadium controversy. It shouldn’t even be a controversy. See related editorial. He’s blogging about it also. We must do better at having a regional focus. To that end, High Point’s schools MUST NOT continue to be the stepchildren of GCS.

E.C. 🙂


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