Next on the agenda was the new Public Participation section. These minimum rules as mandated by state law require 15 minutes be set aside in every meeting and each participant be allowed up to three minutes.
Editor’s Note: Remember the Public Participation sign up sheets that Thornburg had brought out before the meeting even started and no one but myself and Kevin Whisnant were present? The sheets that already had names on it? Get ready, the dirty dealing planned scheme I smelt a Rat about is coming to be right now.
Chairman Westmoreland Calls the first name on the list.
Betsy Stach: CCC was such a fine institution, so happy to work there, everything positive, no problems with CCP or anything else.
Kevin Proctor: : CCC was such a fine institution, so happy to work there, everything positive, no problems with CCP or anything else.
Betty Taylor: More of the same but stated a little different.
Jonathan Davis: CCC a beacon of Hope. More of the Same
(Sources report that Jonathan Davis told Exec VP Shannon Kennedy that he was thinking about resigning during all the mess at CCC and Kennedy allegedly responded “No, then we will both look guilty.”)
Susan Ubanski: First speaker to not deliver a preordained positive message that CCC was the best thing since sliced bread. Susan had recently quit CCC in disgust and was speaking up.
Then, Westmoreland stated the 15 minutes were up.
Editor’s Note: From the start the planned scheme was to fill the public participation time up with positive messages about CCC, throw off on anybody who said otherwise and basically make a show for the Board members. Especially the new board members that all the allegations were a hoax perpetrated by just a few disgruntled employees.
But then, Chairman Westmoreland, with many names still on the list , asked the Board if they would extend the time. And they did. The planned scheme had failed, partially anyway.
The next speaker was called:
(?) Zomora: (I did not get the first name.) Stated support for Ginger Bullock and those that were speaking out about the many problems at CCC. Said Bullock was a professional who stood up to CCC leadership and would not support sub-standard teaching. Said Bullock had stood up “when others were not courageous enough” to stand up for fear of retaliation.
Brendan LeGrand: Stated problems at CCC was not a “family quarrel,” that problems were serious and not getting better. Said that there was enough proof two months ago to terminate Thornburg for good cause. Thornburg placed Board of Trustees article in Star, wanted to make better deal for himself. Recommended no deal with Thornburg, hire interim President immediately and move along resolving the rest of the issues and scandals.
Chairman Westmoreland then recognized former CCC Board of Trustee member and former Chairman Ellis Monroe as well as Greg Melton.
The Board Approved the minutes of the June 6, 2017 BOT meeting unanimously.