To the editor:
This is in response to a quote from Scotland County Board of Education chairman Charles Brown regarding the appointment of a board member to replace Darwin Williams, who recently resigned: “… and we don’t have a pool that we know from the Laurinburg area that would qualify for that appointment.”
What a slap in the face to the citizens who live in our community, especially those in the Stewartsville district. For Charles Brown to serve as a representative of our community and even more to serve as the chairman of the board of education, his comments prove that he is apparently detached from the community.
There are many interesting parts to his short statement he made concerning the filing of the now vacant seat on the board; first, there is a concern of who “we” entails; when reading the comment I first thought he was referring to the school board members but after reading the article of the GOP, I believe the reference may be to his political party affiliation. The school board is supposed to be an unaffiliated race but it seems like Charles Brown’s political affiliation is a larger driver behind his decisions. Hopefully the same “we” won’t determine the pool of qualified applicants for our superintendent.
Secondly, I along with many others would be interested in him explaining exactly what qualifies someone to fill the vacant seat for the school board. The qualifications must be extremely extraordinary for him to state there’s no one in the whole Laurinburg area. This unwritten, unexplained and unprinted idea of qualifications is no doubt what has caused many employees of our school system who have actually met the written qualifications to not be considered for or given jobs in our system. The qualifications are not to be determined by Charles Brown and his select group of people but rather by the community and our present board of education.
Finally, Charles Brown needs to know that the reason Darrel Gibson Jr. and Jamie Sutherland, who the community appreciates very much, are pressing the point of opening it up to the community so that the community can create a pool from the Laurinburg area, rather than he, Charles Brown, personally creating this pool.