School Board Strategic Plan Meeting

A screenshot from Moore County Schools' video stream of the school board's June 21 special meeting on the district strategic plan.

Some Board of Education members are pushing for Moore County Schools to dial back its current goals to hire more minority teachers and staff and apply discipline standards uniformly to all students.

The board is in the midst of revising the district’s strategic plan, which sets standards to guide how administrators and teachers approach their day-to-day tasks. The plan addresses academic achievement, employee culture, community and parent involvement, administration and student safety, health and welfare.

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Kathleen Ong

Levy’s comments show clearly that you can think you’re “colorblind” while still seeing through an obviously racial lens. Colorblindness is not race neutral, it’s just blind.

Sally Larson

“We’re here for student safety and we’re here for academic achievement,” said Levy. “We’re not here for the health and welfare of the students. The health is done by the health department. The welfare is done by the welfare department.”

Honestly Mr. Levy, don't you know what health and welfare mean? It means the safety of the children while at school. The first thing that comes to my mind is to crack down on bullying and make it a teaching point. That's not "woke" language, it's the one thing that can make the difference in a child's life. Creating a healthy environment for our children should be the boards number 1 priority. Why are you on the board anyway?

David Norris

On Jun 25, 2022 at 6:41am - John Misiaszek, said, "I guess I'll be the first to say it, Mr. Levy is obviously racist and should be removed from the Board of Education."

On Jun 26, 2022 at 7:15am -John Misiaszek, said, "Mr. Norris I go to every Board of Commissioners meeting and if Mr. Levy happens to be there I'll be happy to tell him to his face that I think his words were racist. He may not be racist, I don't know, but his words certainly sounded racist to me. The next Commissioners meeting is at 10:30 AM on July 5th at the Historic courthouse in Carthage, 2nd floor."

Which is it, Sir? You said Levy was a racist and called for his resignation. You now seem to be walking back your initial statement. Perhaps you are not qualified to be my next County Commissioner and you need to call the Board of Elections up and quit the race.

If you (Misiaszek) or anybody else that got their panties in a wad over Levy's and Hensley's statements were paying attention you would quickly realize that their words and their efforts are working towards a level playing field in MCS for the benefit of all students regardless of their station in life.

As far as hiring - racial quota's should go the way of the dinosaur in favor of hiring the best and brightest regardless of skin color. Also, there has been an unjust lowering of academic and behavioral

standards for disadvantaged students. It is unjust because when you lower their standards, the message from liberals is that disadvantaged students "ain't that smart" and "can't do the work". To me, it is the height of racial stereotypes and hypocrisy to give disadvantaged students a pass on behavioral and academic standards. Students will rise to what is expected of them if given an opportunity. Perhaps some of these "white liberals" need to examine their motives. Are they really advocates for students or are they just about having their whiney voices heard and hollering for attention?

Barbara Misiaszek

Mr. Norris, rest assured, I am not dropping out of the race for District 1 County Commissioner and I hope I'll get your vote. Mr. Levy does sound racist in the quote attributed to him. Maybe he will walk back his quoted statements. It would be best if he did, wouldn't you agree?

John Misiaszek

David Norris

Mr. Misiaszek - that would be a no on that vote. You are quick-tempered and quick to judge without asking questions first. I wish you luck because you will need it.

Barbara Misiaszek

Thank you for your wishes. Quick tempered? Quick to judge? Not really. Opinionated? Maybe, after giving due consideration.

John Misiaszek

Barbara Misiaszek

Next Commissioner's meeting is 7/19 at 5:30.

John Misiaszek

Lowell Simon

Mr. Norris, I know Mr. Levy for 15 or 20 years and knew his parents before that. In fact, Levy reached out to ME to help him run for the school board before he even announced his candidacy. Bob is most assuredly racist. He grew up with the proverbial silver spoon and has done nothing to educate himself about the lives of poor or minority families in Moore County. As a former teacher I can inform you that white children and children from moderately wealthy homes caused the most disruptions and got in many more fights than their lower income peers. However, the rules were typically enforced with less leniency for minority children because the white kids' parents often traveled in the same circles as the administrators. If you (or he) followed the school system for any period of time you would know there was a study done by top students about discipline that overwhelmingly showed the penalties for minority children were much greater than those for non-minorities. Do a little homework - will you? If you want to address the discipline problems in MCS, start with the attitude of privilege that the kids driving BMWs to school begin the day with.

Sally Larson

How refreshing to hear the truth many of us have suspected, thank you Lowell.

Barbara Misiaszek

Mr. Norris I go to every Board of Commissioners meeting and if Mr. Levy happens to be there I'll be happy to tell him to his face that I think his words were racist. He may not be racist, I don't know, but his words certainly sounded racist to me. The next Commissioners meeting is at 10:30 AM on July 5th at the Historic courthouse in Carthage, 2nd floor.

John Misiaszek

Samuel Kearns

Levy is indeed a racist and yes, I can tell him that to his face. This isn't the first time he has said things that prove it. It is not only poor people who have discipline issue trust me there are students living in $400,000 houses that are doing drugs on the bus and in school. and bringing weapons to school! And yes, we need to look at the hiring procedures. There are qualified minority teachers who are being overlooked in Moore County Schools and are having to go to neighboring counties to get teaching jobs. Hensley wants to make the school staff as Lilly white as he is hoping to make the BOE.

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Rick Lewis

Me. Misegades may be misinformed. Charter schools are also government schools. According to the O’Neal School website if the 2022-2023 tuition rates do not increase for the next 13 years, the total tuition cost for 13 years (K-12) would be $222,800.00. This does not include $$2,100.00 yearly transportation fee, if needed.

Barbara Misiaszek

I guess I'll be the first to say it, Mr. Levy is obviously racist and should be removed from the Board of Education.

John Misiaszek

Sally Larson

I agree john, unbelievable racists and ignorant comments from a board member. We don't need people like him making decisions for the whole community.

David Norris

John Misiaszek accusations like that roll off the tongue too easily. Now explain to me why I should support your independent candidacy for Board of Commissioners? If elected will you be calling citizens that speak up and whom you disagree with racists?

Barbara Misiaszek

Mr. Norris, Please re-read Mr. Levy's comments. There is no room for racism in Moore County or anywhere in our society and I promise to ALWAYS speak out against it.

John Misiaszek

David Norris

Mr. Misiaszek I read every single word and I’ll have more to say about this hit piece at a later time. Perhaps you need to man up and tell Levy to his face you consider him a racist instead of hiding behind a keyboard. Let me know when that will happen because I would like to be present.

Sally Larson

David, do you read this?

“The problem is, and this is what I believe: poor people are less well-disciplined than more affluent people,” said Levy.

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