It is time we come together to fix problems

Published 5:12pm Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I was at this grand dedication ceremony at R.B. Hudson Middle School last Thursday and I’m glad I went because I heard stories of how hard work and sacrifices made life better for some people and the people that came after them. The R.B. Hudson choir and band under the leaderships of Mrs. Watters, Ms. Hanna and Ms. Green were superb. It was a great occasion indeed.

As I walked into the gym, I saw a fellow board member and Selma Mayor George Evans standing close to the entrance. Mr. Evans and I shook hands and greeted. As I reached out my hand to greet the board member, this person reluctantly gave me tips of fingers, frowned and looked away.

I was not embarrassed for trying to respect an associate regardless of differences of opinion. In this business of serving children and making sure fairness is standardized for all students and school employees, I expect disagreement but not odium.

Even in my own house, Rita and I disagree all the time on issues that will make life better for our children, but it has never stopped me from dishing out love that’s so strong and superlative to Rita. Neither has a disagreement about our children’s welfare stopped Rita from cooking that soup that makes me go uh aha the Lord is here and good.

I’m not a politician but if I ever become one, I’ll definitely immerse in politics of love and not politics of bitterness. I don’t expect a human trophy in my assignments on the school board for I know from whence cometh my reward.

I’m exceedingly flabbergasted that some choose, now, to go on the radio station and discredit fellow board members. We had the opportunity, earlier, to talk to news media; the state gave us ample opportunity to find ways and resolve these but the board chose superficial actions.

Dr. Tommy Bice, state superintendent of education, did not wake up one morning and choose to intervene in Selma. State board members who live away from Selma, who are versed in educational, legal, organizational and political matters reviewed information before them and voted unanimously, twice, for intervention. Their actions are worthy of emulation, though some still disagree.

With the state backing, an intervention team that comprises of a superintendent with 10 years experience and other successful experts should be given a chance. I have been in a situation when USDA/State sent experts to help me and my establishment in food safety matters. It was challenging; it lasted for a year but by the time it was over, my establishment became one of the best, if not the best, in the country.

In my weekly column, I constantly stressed the importance of people speaking up while the debate heated up among the board members. Some spoke and some didn’t but that’s no longer important. What is important at this point is that we expect a team like this to take us to the next level.

It is my prayer that this will translate to huge blessing for our students and those who really care about the betterment of the children and the entire community. We have to unite at this point because united we stand but divided, the intervention team stays longer.

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