School Board candidate E.C. Huey mentioned in Jamestown News article

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Kudos to our friend Ogi Overman, for the brief mention in this Jamestown News article back in early December, in discussing the nearly-half-a-billion-dollar GCS bond referendum, which is on its way to the County Commissioners to be scheduled for a possible May vote.

An excerpt:

Erik Huey, an Adams Farm resident and candidate for the school board, is concerned that there is no alternative funding source in case the bond fails.

At the public forum held at JMS Nov. 28, Huey remarked, “There’s been no discussion of what happens if the bond fails. I would urge the board to reconsider sending us a bond that is likely to crash and burn. Build the school and build it now. Show the community you are committed to our children.”

The Board of Education is not a funding body and is precluded by law from spending any taxpayer dollars to campaign for the bond referendum. That task will fall on some yet-unformed group of civic and business leaders.

“Board members can speak on the topic and promote the bond at their own expense,” said District 5 representative Anita Sharpe, “but no public money can be spent. Any advertising must be raised from outside sources. Normally someone from the business community will head up a bond committee to work toward its passage. They’ll line up a speakers’ bureau to try to educate the public on the importance of getting these new schools built.”

They have their work cut out for them.


My complete remarks from that evening can be found here.

E.C. 🙂


Please Vote Smartly in 2008

Remember my friends, YOU have the power this year to decide the direction of Guilford County Schools.

YOU have the power to dictate the direction of our School Board.

Do you want 2-4 more years of failing schools?

Do you want 2-4 more years of violence in our schools?

Do you want 2-4 more years of money being wasted and no accountability?

Do you want 2-4 more years of a school system where teachers are afraid to speak out? Where principals are not empowered to make decisions?

Do you want 2-4 more years of a School Board playing politics with our children?

I don’t. Neither should you.

So when voting for Board of Education candidates this year, do the research, vote for the candidate of your choice…but vote smartly.

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E.C. 🙂

GCS Friday Spin notes

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Some notable stuff from today’s GCS Friday Spin.

Of interest:

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New Principal Named

Keisha McMillan is the new principal at Vandalia Elementary effective January 2. Ms. McMillan has recently served as the assistant principal at both Summerfield Elementary and Smith High School.


Transfer List Sign-Up

Human Resources sent an electronic notice to all probationary and career contracted licensed employees on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 with information regarding the 2008-2009 transfer list. A link to this information is also available on the GCS Web site under the Employee section and “transfer list.”

All eligible, licensed employees interested in adding their name to the transfer list must do so by Friday, January 11, 2008. Please note that the link to the transfer list will not work from your home computer. For additional information please contact the Staffing Office at 378-8806.


E.C. 🙂

Board meeting agenda for 1/8/08

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Click here for the GCS Board meeting agenda for Tuesday, 1/8/07.

Of interest:

* Research Plan and Design: Comprehensive Study for Male African American Educational Conditions and Academic Performance
At the meeting of January 8, 2008, a discussion will be held regarding a study for male African American educational conditions and academic performance. If you have questions regarding this item, please contact Chairman Duncan at 378-5315, prior to the meeting.


Let’s rewind back to the GCS Board meeting on October 25, 2007, where a group of concerned men representing several prominent black churches in Greensboro demanded the Board address this question:

“What are the strategies this Board will use to combat rising suspension and dropout rates and to increase academic achievement for male black students?”

Seems from the language coming out of GCS that some sort of study will commence to answer this very question.

I said back in October that I support these gentlemen, whose churches have existing mentoring programs in place. I also said I eagerly await this discussion. Everyone needs to be involved and this dialogue cannot be one-sided.

Ought to be an interesting meeting.

E.C. 🙂

The Top 10 Come-What-May in 2008

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Okay folks, here’s my top-10 “look-ahead” to 2008, and some things that are worth looking out for related to Guilford County Schools and public education in the old North State as this year unfolds:

1. School Climate Task Force prepares to make its recommendations. Task Force members were scheduled to brief the GCS Board and issue its final report and recommendations after the Holidays. We will expect this report very shortly, although I really don’t have high hopes for immediate changes, I’m sorry to say. Because we’ve been down this road before. Anything short of restarting expulsions, I will not support this report. Anything short of examining and strengthening our alternative environments (SCALE, ISS, etc.), I will not support this report.

Our tecahers cannot teach, when our schools are out of control.


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2. Will he go or won’t he? That’s the question that has no answer right now. We should be hearing something very very soon as to whether or not Dr. Grier will be leaving GCS for San Diego. So far, there is no official word as to the status, although I keep monitoring events from San Diego. Again, let me reiterate…if we are faced with a vacancy in the front office, it would be very wise for this Board to simply appoint an interim chief, then DO NOTHING until after the elections. I think the process could run a lot more smoothly and intelligently if it is handled this way.


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 3. Will she retire? Therein lies the question as many of us in Guilford County (me included) are anxiously wondering whether at-large GCS Board member Dot Kearns will graciously retire from the GCS Board or run for an unprecedented fifth term. The February filing period is only weeks away, so her decision is imminent.


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 4. Will she retire? Many in the blogging community hasten and shudder to think that GCS dist. 5 Board member Anita Sharpe will retire off the Board. She, too, is a long-time board member, however, rumors have been circulating pointing to her possible retirement. Board observers will continue to wait and see…and speculate.


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 5. Will they run again? Likewise, no one is certain if GCS Board members Dr. Walt Childs and Kris Cooke will run for reelection. They’ve been very tight-lipped. I’m still hopeful that a good competitor will challenge these individuals should they run again. The damage they’ve done to our schools is incalculable.


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 6. Will they run again? I’m almost for certain that GCS Board members Darlene Garrett and Amos Quick will run again, with either minimal or no opposition. Garrett is extremely popular with parents, teachers, progressives who want change, anti-Grier and anti-busing advocates. Meanwhile, Quick continues to be the primary cheerleader for Dudley High School. While he and I differ philosophically on some items, he’s starting to speak out about the wasteful spending that’s hurting our schools.


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 7.  Saving the arts/music in our schools. The momentum will continue in 2008 as the grass-roots movement spurred on by SAVE GCS ARTS! continues to churn. Further exploration of this issue and a possible decision is expected shortly on restoring lost art/music elective time in our schools.

See this e-mail dispatch issued this morning from SAVE GCS ARTS!:

Happy New Year!!  

2007 saw great momentum build in our community for restoration of time lost from arts instruction in the Guilford County Schools.  The School Board is considering various options, however these all fall short of fully restoring the instructional time that was lost. Full restoration of the lost instructional time must remain our priority as arts instructional time was already at the barest minimum for effective arts education before the 2007 cuts.

At this point we are aware of no arts speakers scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting.  Please consider signing up to speak at this meeting so we can maintain our momentum.  Equally important is a strong showing in the gallery.  If you can, please attend the meeting to show support for the arts.

Finally, emails to Board Members and letters to the editor of our local papers remain important and effective means of demonstrating support for arts education.  Many thanks to Cathy Barnette for her letter which appeared in yesterday’s News & Record.

Let’s make 2008 the year that arts education returned to our schools!
 The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 8. The future of No Child Left Behind-Leaves Many Children Behind is looking very cloudy at this point. It may be a good thing. Because with a presidential election season already underway and a lame duck do-nothing Congress not wanting to do anything at this point, there is a big climate for changing this law, or doing away with it altogether.
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9. Changing of the guard in Raleigh? With elections looming over who will occupy to governors mansion, to elections in the state house and senate, to elections for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, even to municipal elections in High Point, we will need to pay close attention as election season gets underway and throw our support behind candidates who will keep our children’s best interest at heart. If our candidates will not support strong public schools and policies that drive strong public schools (such as examining the state funding formula), they will not have my support.
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 10. My own election. Time is ticking away until the filing period begins, and with so much at stake and so much looming this year, I cannot wait to get started. Your support of this campaign means so much to me and I’m forever grateful. Even if I’m unsuccessful in winning this year, I still think we’ve brought a better sense of consciousness to our electorate of how our public school system runs and what fixes need to be made.
2008 will be an exciting year. Let’s get started.
E.C. 🙂