Time to hold their feet to the fire

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As the tension mounts, it is way past-time for these individuals to start publicly making their intentions known.

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The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:me99hGzh_e10ZM:http://www.theyoungdemocrats.com/kearns1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. And yes, we’re still waiting on Dot…well, I’m not waiting.

I’d say, let’s start sending e-mails and making phone calls…start finding out who’s in and who’s not.

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I mentioned Ms. Sharpe last because I’ve received a number of inquiries yesterday alone asking me if I would forgo running for the at-large seat, and instead consider running for the District 5 seat if Anita Sharpe decides to retire and step down after this year.

I appreciate the ongoing confidence you have in me. In terms of expense, a district race is much cheaper than an at-large race. The vote is the same, though.

My response is this…I’m examining all of the possible scenarios out there, including the one involving the District 5 seat should Ms. Sharpe decide to step down. Everything is purely speculative at this point, but some announcements from folks on the Board need to start coming. The clock is ticking.

I welcome your comments, as always.

E.C. 🙂

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First day in new Guilford high school (N&R)

SchoolCenter PictureNorthern’s open.

And let me wish them the very best. We will keep our eyes out on them, for if things begin to deteriorate there, we will certainly bring this to our school board’s attention, as we’ve been doing for the past year. A brand new school has high hopes, and should not be permitted to fail.

An excerpt from today’s N&R:

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For most of Tuesday, students from both high schools seemed awkward around each other while workers busied themselves painting walls and unfurling rolls of grass. At lunch, Northwest students ate on one side of the atrium, Northeast kids on the other.

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E.C. 🙂

Duncan “thanks” Grier for years of service

http://bjimg.sv.publicus.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Avis=BJ&Dato=20080121&Kategori=NRSTAFF&Lopenr=613623641&Ref=AR&MaxW=146&Border=0 GCS Board chairman Alan “pass the buck” Duncan publicly thanks San Diego Superintendent Terry Grier on behalf of the school board for his “years of service” to the Peoples Republic of Guilford County, this in today’s News & Record:

School board appreciates Grier’s work

The following is a Counterpoint.

 By Alan Duncan

The Guilford County Board of Education would like to wish Superintendent Terry Grier well in his move to lead the San Diego Unified Schools and thank him for his efforts here. We have made great progress with Dr. Grier as superintendent during the past eight years, and we appreciate his efforts to improve the lives of our students.

Dr. Grier is an energetic and dynamic leader. His innovations related to creating schools and programs to serve the diverse needs of our students, his work to reduce the dropout rate and to increase our graduation rate, and his development and execution of the Home Field Advantage and Mission Possible programs are particularly noteworthy.

As Dr. Grier departs, we are extremely confident in, and most grateful for, the excellent staff currently serving the students of Guilford County and look forward to the future with assurance that the district is well poised to continue to strive, achieve and excel.

We will assemble leadership to carry us through the process of finding the next superintendent and will work with the community, parents and staff so that we involve all citizens in the process of finding a leader for the next chapter in the Guilford County Schools.

Meanwhile, we rest assured in knowing that students will be well cared for by our many outstanding employees, volunteers and supporters, who remain completely committed to making Guilford County Schools a district of excellence.

Alan Duncan is chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education. He wrote this column on behalf of the entire board.

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E.C. 🙂