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Friday, June 15, 2007

RE: Trust for groundskeeping has grown

The pond scum that makes up the Board of Education in Stokes County has been trying to get their grubby paws on that trust for years. The Board of Education has always kept an iron grip on that money. The advisory board can propose spending it, but the board has to approve it.

Frank Sells, the former superintendent of schools, tried to get a school built elsewhere that would be called Nancy Reynolds. He apparently thought that the money was attached to the name. Frank isn't very bright.

My wife was on the advisory board for a while and during her term we managed to get some improvements to the baseball field and we started the process of getting the field lit. We also got them to spend some money on painting the gym and fixing the retaining wall that runs along NC 66.

Giving the Board of Education more control over the fund is a singularly stupid idea, first and foremost because its members are ignorant and foolish. The very fact that they serve on that particular board makes them inveterate liars and should immediately disqualify them from having any additional control over the fund.

“The main thing that people are concerned about is the county’s responsibility,” Cox said. “We want to stress that this trust is set up to be in addition to, not to replace the county money allocated for the school.

“We would still fund the needs there at that school,” she said. “We do want the community’s input and want to get their questions answered about the issue before any decision is made.”

Anyone who believes a single, solitary word Sonya Cox says deserves what they get.


Blogger Strother said...

Giving the Board of Education more control over the fund is a singularly stupid idea...

I must agree with Steve. I really don't trust Stokes County government to keep the best interests of Nancy Reynolds School (and its surrounding community) in mind. It’s clear that the majority of the B of E's concerns are not in the Northwest corner of the county. For that reason alone, I would suggest that NRS resist any change that may give outside authorities more control over how this fund is spent and maintained.

Steve, could you share a few specifics of the Nancy Jane Cox Reynolds fund? Exactly how can it be spent?

Friday, June 15, 2007 2:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fund can be spent on any repairs or improvements to the grounds. Using it on the outside of the buildings is marginally related to that. It cannot be used for any structural repairs to the buildings. It also cannot be used for any operating expenses or improvements to the insides of the buildings.

A few examples are the baseball field improvements I mentioned as well as new bleachers a number of years ago. It also paid for the picnic tables and concession stand. They also built and outfitted a playground with it. It has been used for various small items of landscaping over the years. They used it to build the covered walkways.

Friday, June 15, 2007 5:36:00 PM  

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