Report and analysis by Robert A. Williams
Folks, The United States Constitution was adopted 225 years ago. North Carolina has had three state constitutions-the Constitution of 1776, which created the government for the new state and was substantially amended in 1835; the Constitution of 1868, which brought the state back into the Union after the Civil War and the Constitution of 1971, which reorganized the entire state government in light of the requirements of the modern economy and society. The latest North Carolina State Constitution is over 43 years old.
So with the rules and laws regarding public schools being around for so long, why is the Cleveland County Board of Education Stuck on Stupid? Why can’t Board Members Jerry Hoyle, Kathy Falls, Shearra Miller, Jack Hamrick, Phillip Glover, Richard Hooker and sometimes (most of the time) Roger Harris understand what their job is as a School Board Member? That job is to oversee the school system. Not to “trust” the superintendent to do the right thing and rubberstamp everything-like they do. They are supposed to check up on things to KNOW the superintendent is doing the right thing. And if the superintendent is not or cannot do the right thing, then they get rid of him and hire a superintendent who can do the right thing. It is just that simple.
Not so according to Jerry Hoyle, Kathy Falls and Shearra Miller who were joined in with Richard Hooker, Jack Hamrick and Phillip Glover on the vote at the CCS School Board meeting held September 22, 2014.
In that meeting Board Member Danny Blanton, in his continuing quest to get answers about personnel problems as well as financial problems at CCS, made the motion to split the personnel reports into several sections so the Board could discuss and vote on each section separately instead of having to vote for everything all at one time. Board Member Donnie Thurman, Jr. seconded Blanton’s motion. Blanton’s point being that by having all the items mixed together and only having one vote on the report, problems were not brought out and discussed by the full Board. Blanton was talking in particular about a teacher with 18 years of above average performance was let go while CCS hired at least 20 new teachers.
Of course there are plenty of other problems with personnel that Danny Blanton did not mention specifically that night. How about the teachers who have had sex with students whose felonious behavior has been covered up? How about teachers who have been caught having illegal sexual related relations with students that have been covered up by CCS? The most famous recent examples of this are Caron Blanton, Edward Miller, Bethany Miller, the Shelby High School teacher that I have not identified publicly (yet) and the most egregious of all, and at a level near the top, another example that is still in the investigative stage.
To be more specific:
Caron Blanton was hired by CCS and listed on a personnel report that was approved without question from the Board. Caron Blanton was reported to the CCS administration for improper behavior for several years without any action from the CCS Board. Caron Blanton was charged with nine felony sexual offences for allegedly sending pornographic pictures and videos to students. Caron Blanton was forced to resign from CCS. Caron Blanton has never been discussed in open session of the CCS Board Meetings, even though her resignation was listed on the personnel report and the report was approved by the CCS Board without one single question being allowed by Board Chairman Jack Hamrick to be asked.
Edward Miller was hired and listed on a personnel report that was approved without question from the Board. Edward Miller was charged with ten felony sexual offences for allegedly committing statutory rape, incest and other sexual charges inflicted upon his adopted daughter, now a student at Crest High School. Edward Miller was forced to resign from CCS. Edward Miller has never been discussed in open session of the CCS Board Meetings, even though his resignation was listed on the personnel report and the report was approved by the CCS Board without one single question being allowed by Board Chairman Jack Hamrick to be asked.
Bethany Miller, wife of Edward Miller was forced to resign from her position at Crest Middle School because the “politics” on CCS was “too hot” after she called the police to report what Edward Miller had done to their adopted daughter. No charges were ever brought against Bethany Miller but she was forced to resign from CCS anyway. Bethany Miller has never been discussed in open session of the CCS Board Meetings, even though her forced resignation was listed on the personnel report and the report was approved by the CCS Board without one single question being allowed by Board Chairman Jack Hamrick to be asked. Bethany Miller also appears to have been violated here–by the CCS Board. I recommend Bethany Miller hire an attorney. An out of town attorney.
(More specific examples to be named later.)
From all this it is certainly a well proven fact that the majority of the CCS Board wants to keep the mess at CCS covered up. Board member Shearra Miller has publicly stated that “I don’t want to hear complaints.” Shearra Miller, Kathy Falls, Richard Hooker, Jack Hamrick, Phillip Glover, and Jerry Hoyle have all refused to support or even attend any of the Townhall meetings put on by Danny Blanton.
But the most stupid thing of all happened at the September 22, 2014 CCS Board Meeting during the discussion of Danny Blanton’s motion to separate the Personnel Report into several section. Folks, I can’t describe this any better that letting you hear it from the horses mouth. We now tape every School Board Meeting as well as County Commissioner’s Meetings. You don’t have to be in the dark any longer about what goes on in Cleveland County.
Listen to Jerry Hoyle, Kathy Falls and Shearra Miller make fools of themselves. Listen and see for yourselves how these folks are so proud to be so stupid. Hear for yourself their “words of wisdom.” That is, words from a lack of wisdom! Most village idiots would have done better than this.
Check out the video below of Jerry Hoyle, Kathy Falls and Shearra Miller stating that they don’t know what they are voting for, etc.
Now remember that when the vote was called, Richard Hooker, Jack Hamrick and Phillip Glover voted along with Shearra Miller, Jerry Hoyle and Kathy Falls to rubberstamp the Personnel report without question. Danny Blanton and Donnie Thurman, Jr. Voted “Nay” and Board Member Roger Harris was absent. This 6-2 vote means that the majority of the CCS Board refuse to carry out their sworn and lawful duties of the School Board.
So, what does that mean for the next School Board Election in 2015 when Shearra Miller, Jerry Hoyle, Richard Hooker, Jack Hamrick and Roger Harris are up for election? What it means is at least five other candidates with the best interests of the Cleveland County Schools in mind file for office and the voters of Cleveland County vote five new Board members into office. Five new school board members, along with Danny Blanton and Donnie Thurman, Jr. can immediately make changes at CCS to get rid of the stuck on stupid mentality that has permeated CCS for a long time.
Start thinking about running for the CCS School Board right now. Filing for office on the CCS Board of Elections begins in about 6 months. You can figure some of the Good ole Boys will run just so the are changes in the CCS Board, maybe a Good ole Boy will get elected and keep the stuck on stupid mentality around for a while longer. You good citizens of Cleveland County, get fired up, get prepared to run and be prepared to make changes. The education of your children and the future of Cleveland County rest on your shoulders.
And that is not all. You voters of Cleveland County, You have a responsibility too!!! Get out to vote on Election Day in 2015 and vote for a complete change out on the CCS School Board’s stupid five.