Morganton Mayor Speaks Out Over Controversy Surrounding School Board

Jun 2, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Charlotte Channel 9

The mayor of Morganton expressed deep concern over the continued controversy surrounding the Burke County School Board during Monday's board meeting.

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Jim

Morganton, NC

#1 Jun 3, 2009
No one - not the School Board, David Burleson, and now Mayor Cohen - has shown any leadership since this fiasco began. And The News Herald has been irresponsible in their reporting, not to mention totally unprofessional. But, they have never allowed facts to get in the way of a good story.

David started looking for a job outside this county as early as last Fall. How was he going to get out of his contract if he was successful in finding someone else to hire him? The News Herald doesn't care to even ask the question, much less find the answer.
He can blame his search on the School Board questioning his contract terms, but that wasn't an issue when he started looking. He is more politician than superintendent, and a politician is never accountable or responsible - just ask Mel.
ciely

Kinston, NC

#2 Jun 4, 2009
Jim wrote:
No one - not the School Board, David Burleson, and now Mayor Cohen - has shown any leadership since this fiasco began. And The News Herald has been irresponsible in their reporting, not to mention totally unprofessional. But, they have never allowed facts to get in the way of a good story.
David started looking for a job outside this county as early as last Fall. How was he going to get out of his contract if he was successful in finding someone else to hire him? The News Herald doesn't care to even ask the question, much less find the answer.
He can blame his search on the School Board questioning his contract terms, but that wasn't an issue when he started looking. He is more politician than superintendent, and a politician is never accountable or responsible - just ask Mel.
well, it's been 18 hours and no one has responded to your stupid comment. hope you caught on !
carpman

Saint Cloud, FL

#3 Jun 4, 2009
funny
Sally

Hillsborough, NC

#4 Jun 7, 2009
I agree with you Jim, the mob is so argumentative that they refuse to listen to the truth. They never have anything intelligent to say other than name calling. I'm voting for Tracy Norman because she has the courage to stand up for what she believes.
ciely

Kinston, NC

#5 Jun 8, 2009
Sally wrote:
I agree with you Jim, the mob is so argumentative that they refuse to listen to the truth. They never have anything intelligent to say other than name calling. I'm voting for Tracy Norman because she has the courage to stand up for what she believes.
what does she believe? that it's ok to ruin childrens chance to have a better education,to sit on the board beside her boyfriend ( which she broke up a home to get ).That she is trying to ruin other peoples lives because hers stinks, because she lost her children and trying to ruin everybody elses.And that d.b. did the right thing! Leave TRASHY before our children turn to drugs and alcohol, like some have already!
MomofTwo

United States

#6 Jun 8, 2009
Are you suggesting that our students are some distraught over the school board matters that they are drinking and using drugs to cope? Get real!
Sally

Ashburn, VA

#7 Jun 8, 2009
ciely wrote:
<quoted text>what does she believe? that it's ok to ruin childrens chance to have a better education,to sit on the board beside her boyfriend ( which she broke up a home to get ).That she is trying to ruin other peoples lives because hers stinks, because she lost her children and trying to ruin everybody elses.And that d.b. did the right thing! Leave TRASHY before our children turn to drugs and alcohol, like some have already!
Ok, you are mad and loud. You must be more correct than I am. Should I change my opinion because if I don't your mob will come after me and my family if I don't?
sezame

AOL

#8 Jun 8, 2009
ciely needs her prozac scrip refilled.
and her keyboard taken away by the sanity police.
ciely

Kinston, NC

#9 Jun 9, 2009
MomofTwo wrote:
Are you suggesting that our students are some distraught over the school board matters that they are drinking and using drugs to cope? Get real!
no, your are because they like it! now,get real! others are, because their parents are stupid!
ciely

Kinston, NC

#10 Jun 9, 2009
sezame wrote:
ciely needs her prozac scrip refilled.
and her keyboard taken away by the sanity police.
come, get it!
sezame

AOL

#11 Jun 9, 2009
pssttt.
ciely...
Don't listen to the voices in your head.
Anymore.
they
are
not
real.

ssshhhhhh...
ciely

Kinston, NC

#12 Jun 10, 2009
sezame wrote:
pssttt.
ciely...
Don't listen to the voices in your head.
Anymore.
they
are
not
real.
ssshhhhhh...
The only thing I wish would ssshhhhhh is your dumba$$
truth teller

Morganton, NC

#13 Jun 12, 2009
the school board is doing a fine job, the supporters of the fat man are making burke look like an ass to the state. Keep up the good job BOE, we support you, unlike the newless herald
Polygrip Patrol

United States

#14 Jun 12, 2009
Spoken like a true one-toothed East Burke redneck.
Take your one last tooth home and put it under your pillow and dream of better days. Like back when you had 2 teeth. Ah, those were the days!
concernedparents

Suffolk, VA

#15 Jul 17, 2009
truth teller wrote:
the school board is doing a fine job, the supporters of the fat man are making burke look like an ass to the state. Keep up the good job BOE, we support you, unlike the newless herald
How can anyone type or much less say that the burke county school board is doing a great job. Obviously you havent been reading or watching the TV. Even the commisioners have punished them. BCPS is looking at loosing their acredidation and you think they are doing a good JOB? What the crap? Really and i mean really, you need to read a whole lot more about this. Trashy cant even keep her own children out of jail. I with you on the one tooth. Think about Hairfeild? Buff and his marriage? All i can think of is "As The Burke County School Board Turns", Its bigger and more screwed up than all the Soaps on TV are including Jerry Springer. As a matter of fact it wouldnt surprise me to see this board on the Springer show.
Jackson

Moncure, NC

#16 Jul 17, 2009
Sally wrote:
I agree with you Jim, the mob is so argumentative that they refuse to listen to the truth. They never have anything intelligent to say other than name calling. I'm voting for Tracy Norman because she has the courage to stand up for what she believes.
I think you should change the word courage to stupidity.
Tracy is not the brightest bulb shinning in this bunch of dim wits. where in the world did these idiots come from! And the sain woman? can she even speak??
Your Boss

Morganton, NC

#17 Jul 19, 2009
ciely wrote:
<quoted text>The only thing I wish would ssshhhhhh is your dumba$$
Please stay off this forum while working from the state computer.
thmore

Redmond, WA

#18 Jul 26, 2009
I see now where the board supporters are hanging out. Some obscure forum that you need GPS to find. Do you have a secret password and handshake? Are black polyester pantsuits the required uniform? The school board is a joke. It is just a shame that children's education has to suffer for individuals to pursue personal vendettas.
you can

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 28, 2009
who gives a FLYING CRAP anymore????

seriously...this is a dead issue.

RICK SHERRILL is the MAN !!!!!!!!!!
mdl1

Morganton, NC

#20 Aug 4, 2009
I haven't had a chance to say anything about the situation concerning the bcsb/db. My opinion is this: I am a student @ App State with the hopes of obtaining my BA and become a middle grades school teacher. Although I have lived and worked in Burke county nearly 30 years, I am proud to say I am a "76" graduate of McDowell High and plan on teaching at one of the middle schools there. McDowell county is home to me. Watching the saga going on with the bcsb and db has really disturbed me and I have to say that there is no way I would teach in this county. My opinion of db is that I truly feel he could have done a better job as a superintendent and the political role he played should have been placed on the back burner. Politics has absolutely no place when it comes to educating our children. NOW! Except for Sam Wilkinson and Buddy Armour, as Dr. Phil would say, " What were you thinking?" is the appropriate question for the bcsb. Even if the man, DB, did not meet the requirements of his job, why couldn't you have just let him finish out the rest of his contract? SO DAMN STUPID! To the rest of the members of the school board, Do the RIGHT THING, QUIT! Again, except for Buddy and Sam, the rest of you make me sick. So why don't the rest of you just speak up and tell us the real reason you wanted David Burleson ousted. Are ya scared? I don't think any of you have the guts to tell the real reason. mdl from Morganton

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