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From the April 23, 2014 issue of The Journal
By Chip Jones
The Stewart County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Tuesday, April 15 at the elementary school media center. The first item of business was the leaky roof at the high school. That may not be all that is leaky, as it turns out.
The board has been a source of concern for parents and taxpayers for more than two years. Former board chair Thereatha Redding had a long-running feud with former superintendent Floyd Fort that resulted in her being removed from the chair after Fort resignied to take another position.
As a result, Dianne Watkins was chosen to serve as interim superintendent until a full-time replacement could be found for Fort. Watkins, who was hired to head the district until December, was retained for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.
Although two qualified candidates were presented to the board, neither was chosen to fill the position by the December 31 deadline. Board members Redding, Samuel Jones and Kesha Nelson expressed opposition to both candidates. Watkins was asked to continue as interim superintendent, instead.
Current chair David Barrett is up for reelection in May and that seems to have added additional instability to the board. He has opposition in the May 20 election.
Despite the counsel of Barrett and Watkins during the course of the meeting, Redding, Jones and Nelson opposed the ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.