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Board of Education needs to work on open dialogue

By Gerald Totten
Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 07:09:46 -0500
From: "Gerald Totten"
Subject: December 18 work session

To chatlist readers:

After the post yesterday, this is the true story. Make up your own minds.

The following are the messages Norman Clark sent to me after I discovered Friday he and the superintendent were on the workshop agenda for the commissioners on 18 December. Please note the first message from the County Manager in which he asked the superintendent and the chair of the school board to meet with the commissioners in the 18 December work session to discuss matters the chair had already opened dialogue about the Jack Bennett Road high school site and to set a joint meeting between the two elected boards.

The follow on messages merely confirm acceptance and dates and time of the workshop session.

Now Norman Clark claims he knew nothing about the land discussion purpose of the meeting per his post on yesterday's chatlist.

Personally I have no idea how he could overlook such an event particularly since the superintendent reminded him to put it on his calendar and it is a subject of growing interest.

The questions are did he know or did he just overlook the workshop session or was this information to be held out of the public and other board members eyes? Every one of the emails back and forth indicate he knew because the subject of every one deals with "December 18 work session." What else could he possibly have thought after he broached the subject in the first place with commissioners.

Yes, internal communications must be improved else we remain responsible to the public but in the dark as past events have seen. I, for one, will not allow that to happen again.

Gerald Totten

----- Original Message -----
From: Norman Clark
To: uncdeb; Kathie Russell ; holly ; Gerald Totten
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 6:46 PM
Subject: Fw: December 18 work session


----- Original Message -----
From: Ann Hart
To: Norman Clark
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 9:16 AM
Subject: FW: December 18 work session


Norman please note the date, time and location. Thanks, Ann

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From: Charlie Horne
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 8:42 PM
To: 'Ann Hart'
Cc: 'Norman Clark'
Subject: RE: December 18 work session

3 PM in the Dunlap classroom.

Thank you Ann.

crh

________

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.


-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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From: Ann Hart [mailto:ahart@chatham.k12.nc.us]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 4:11 PM
To: Charlie Horne
Cc: Norman Clark
Subject: RE: December 18 work session

Charlie,

The 18th is fine with Norman and me - time and location? Thanks, Ann

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From: Charlie Horne [mailto:charlie.horne@ncmail.net]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 9:39 AM
To: 'Ann Hart'
Subject: RE: December 18 work session

Thanks Ann

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From: Ann Hart
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 5:45 PM
To: Charlie Horne
Cc: Norman Clark
Subject: RE: December 18 work session

Charlie,

I did have a wonderful Thanksgiving, hope you did as well - it will be Christmas before you know it. I will check with Norman regarding the 18th, what time? Thanks, Ann

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From: Charlie Horne
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 1:56 PM
To: Ann Hart
Subject: December 18 work session

Hey Ann,

Hope you are well and holiday was good. All here is going along reasonably well.

Some of the Board of Commissioners have talked recently with your chair about the proposed high school site off Jack Bennett Road. Apparently some concerns have arisen about whether the location and site is appropriate for a high school.

Can you and Norman come to the December 18 work session to discuss this and help is setting a date for a joint meeting of the two Boards?

Hope your weekend is great,

crh

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Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 08:09:19 -0500
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 08:09:19 -0500
From: "Norman and Lynn Clark"
Subject: I must clarify the situation

To Chatlist Readers,

I apologize for taking up space on this forum with this issue, but I must clarify the situation. Dr. Hart and myself are not engaged in any kind of "Secrecy". We were under the impression that we were to meet with Mr. Horne to set up a joint meeting with the BOC and discuss some concerns I had heard from citizens about the site on Jack Bennett Rd. We have not prepared a presentation and were not aware of the agenda item until Mr. Totten's postings. This is a result of miscommunication between the two boards. Had I been notified of the concern before this I would have gladly explained the situation and avoided any confusion or unnecessary concerns. The BOE is about open communication and we will gladly answer any questions you may have. It is evident that we as members need to improve our communications also. Thank you for the opportunity to clarify this.

Norman Clark

 
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