School Superintendent Selection-NOT most Qualified Protests Planned

It is time for change in Cleveland County. This is not the best hire for our county. based on the information shared by three current school board members. Dr. Fisher as a person is not the subject of this issue but the need for a process that will continue to promote democracy. We the community leaders and citizens of Cleveland County are prepared to show the Cleveland County school board that we are not happy with the selection that proved the rumor was true as to who they were planning on hiring. We will do whatever it takes if it means we make our decisions at the voting poll in the next election. We just want justice, fairness and change in our county.

Several of the leaders in Cleveland County self-included are preparing to remind the school board that our community has a voice by offering protest at sporting events (and) school functions just to name a few within legal ramifications . It is our intention to remind the school board members they are the voice of the community. We refuse not to have our voice heard. We expect you to do the right things and give us a chance with change to this school administration.

Some seem to think this is a black, white issue but let me assure you it is a “process” issue. Are we the citizens of Cleveland County to believe that out of all the candidates the most qualified happen to be in the same city, same church, and the same office as the previous leader? Is it for us to believe that no individual from Shelby, Crest, and Burns district, anyone from the state of North Carolina or across the nation is more qualified than what you selected? Finally, if an independent counsel was to view the candidates without a name or community data would the selection be the same, we think not based on the surveys presented throughout Cleveland County. This is not a race thing this is a right thing.”

FYI, The following was Rev. Clark’s message given on the North Side of the Old Courthouse the evening of May 19, 2014. This was also provided in a previous article.

“It was the expectations from many of us as community leaders that Cleveland County in the process of selecting a new school superintendent would take this opportunity to seek the best candidate that could promote change in our county.

It appears the school board is practicing the same philosophy of hiring which they have applied in the past spending money on a consultant, however, going with what they’ve always done and that concept is friends and families; hiring best fit, not most qualified.

It is time for change in Cleveland County. This is not the best hire for our county. We the community leaders and citizens of Cleveland County are prepared to show the Cleveland County school board that we are not happy, if in fact the rumor is true, as to who they are planning on hiring and that person is within the current administration. We will do whatever it takes if it means we make our decisions at the voting poll in the next election. We just want justice, fairness and change in our county.

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