Over 100 years ago Albert Einstein, perhaps the most famous “genius” in the world, published “The General Theory of Relativity.” At the School Board meeting on December 14, 2018 School Board member Danny Blanton was an Einstein grade genius relative to the “fools,” being the other school board members. The Superintendent too. Folks, you have to go the CCS website and watch this broadcast to understand just what kind of fools, criminal fools, we have on the school board. There is nothing I can write in this article to fully describe what you will see with your own eyes when you watch this broadcast for the December 14, 2018 School Board Meeting.
The point in question was the minutes for the November 26, 2018 School Board meeting. Danny Blanton was a genius in that meeting too on just about every item.
At the December 14, 2018 School Board meeting the item came up to approve the minutes of the November 26, 2018 meeting. Just as the item came up Danny Blanton raised his hand to speak. But Board Member Phillip ”Bully” Glover butted in to make a motion to approve the minutes of the Nov 26 meeting followed by a second by Jo Boggs. Then the Chairman Shearra Miller asked for discussion.
Danny Blanton made a motion to amend Glover’s motion on two points. Legal points that came straight out of North Carolina General Statutes about running school board meetings.
Blanton stated that according to North Carolina law school board minutes were supposed to fairly and accurately describe what transpired in the meeting. Not necessarily a verbatim, but a fair and accurate description. Blanton claimed that the minutes for a closed session were not a fair and accurate description of what transpired. A fact check of NC law shows NC General Statute 143.318.10(e) says:
“Every public body shall keep full and accurate minutes of all official meetings, including any closed sessions held pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11. Such minutes may be in written form or, at the option of the public body, may be in the form of sound or video and sound recordings. When a public body meets in closed session, it shall keep a general account of the closed session so that a person not in attendance would have a reasonable understanding of what transpired. Such accounts may be a written narrative, or video or audio recordings. Such minutes and accounts shall be public records within the meaning of the Public Records Law, G.S. 132-1 et seq.; provided, however, that minutes or an account of a closed session conducted in compliance with G.S. 143-318.11 may be withheld from public inspection so long as public inspection would frustrate the purpose of a closed session.”
This law clearly states exactly what Danny Blanton told the other school board members had to be done was clear and Danny Blanton was 100% correct. The minutes did not comply with the law.
Blanton continues by also stating that North Carolina law requires any vote taken in closed session regarding certain personnel matters would not stand unless the board came back into Open session and took the same vote in Open Session. NC General Statute 143.318.11(a)(6) states:
“To consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee; or to hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee. General personnel policy issues may not be considered in a closed session. A public body may not consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, appointment, or removal of a member of the public body or another body and may not consider or fill a vacancy among its own membership except in an open meeting. Final action making an appointment or discharge or removal by a public body having final authority for the appointment or discharge or removal shall be taken in an open meeting.”
Again, Danny Blanton was 100% correct.
But, did the school board vote to make the necessary corrections???
NOOooooo!!! The came up with all kinds of excuses. Bully Glover said we are voting on the minutes, even though the minutes were wrong. Richard Hooker said “I’m confused” although the laws were basic, simple and Hooker has been on a school board for over 20 years. Chairman Shearra Miller didn’t have a clue. Superintendent Stephen Fisher read them the laws and still just didn’t get it. Roger Harris was the biggest fool of all. Harris said he wasn’t at the meeting on Nov 26, 2018 but he understood what was going on. Dena Green and Coleman Hunt didn’t say a word.
Nobody seconded Blanton’s motion to fix the problems and they voted 8-1 to approve the Nov. 26, 2018 minutes knowing they were wrong. Probably a criminal act. Only Danny Blanton correctly voted “no.” Danny Blanton, with a grin, ended up this skirmish by advising the other School Board members to hire themselves a local lawyer who can attend every meeting and advise them on what the laws are and properly show them what to do. Watch the video and you will agree with that.
The correct thing for the school board to have done would have been to withdraw all the motions to adopt or amend the defective minutes. Order that the minutes be revised to include a more fair and accurate description of what happened in the closed session of Nov. 26, then amend the December 14, 2018 agenda to include an Open Session vote on the November 26th personnel action and then learn not to do bad things just because Danny Blanton wants to do what is right.
That is what should be done and likely the school board will end up having to do that anyway. For, until they do, their closed session action on November 26, 2018 is invalid.
Again folks, this article does not do justice in describing the stupid stuff done by the school board majority on December 14, 2018. Please go watch it for yourself. You will immediately see that voters must clean house of the fools on the school board at the 2020 School Board Election.
PS: The Bible discourages calling anyone a “fool.” But citizens in Cleveland County must get used to calling things what they are regarding politics and elections for public officials. Watch the CCS video and you will see what I mean.
One click here and you will see for yourself. This was a very short meeting, but you still might want to pop some popcorn and watch the show.