2010-04-21 / School News

Anderson interrogates BOE; gets invited to make her own presentation

By Anne Marie Kyzer

After attending two Burke County Board of Education meetings with lists of questions and complaints, Alberta Anderson has been invited to make a presentation of her own at next month’s meeting.

Anderson, a former state representative who now works with the Richmond- Burke Job Training Authority (JTPA), has grilled Superintendent Linda Bailey and other administrators over academic achievement, minorities in management, nepotism and other topics.

Administrators spent a half hour answering pointed questions at the March meeting, and Anderson returned with a new list for them last week.

Anderson said she is look- ing into the issues so she can learn how to help the students and the schools.

“The reason I’m asking is that if our students are failing, we can find out who they are and figure out how to help them and not be on that (needs improvement) list,” Anderson said.

After nearly an hour of back and forth, Bailey thanked Anderson for her interest and then turned the tables on her.

“These questions have given us the opportunity to highlight the wonderful, productive work taking place in our school system. We often take for granted that our citizens know that extent to which we go on a daily basis to ensure that our students are prepared…,” Bailey said.

She then pointed to Anderson’s work with the JTPA and said graduates and others look to her for reaching their goals after high school.

“On behalf of the Burke County Board of Education, I am extending an invitation to you,” Bailey said.

Bailey asked Anderson to come tell the BOE about the JTPA’s success rates and how they ensure that local graduates have career opportunities.

“I’ll be here next month,” Anderson told her.

Anderson indicated that she will attend the BOE’s next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and held at the central office.

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