Only Lemony Snicket could do justice to the peculiarity
of last night’s
most educational meeting at VSU’s Continuing Education building,
about K-12 education even though neither school superintendent was there,
most of the school board members were not present,
and it was presided over by two very uneasy college presidents.
Who called it was unclear, who was invited even less, for what purpose
there was no consensus, yet there was a decision
by the pair of presiding college presidents.
It was somehow
about the general state of education in Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia,
although the topic of consolidation was discussed only by the frequent
admonitions that it was not to be discussed, and for that matter that
nothing else related to educational improvements should be discussed
until after the November 8th consolidation referendum.
Both school system superintendents were elsewhere
at a conference of school superintendents.
A few Valdosta City School Board members were in attendance, although none of them
I didn’t recognize any Lowndes County School Board members.
There were no introductions to the group, other than self-introductions by the
two college presidents.
Maybe you can identify some of the attendees.
CUEE Vice-Chair Rusty Griffin near left, Chamber President Myrna Ballard far right,
VBOE Member Jeana Beeland and CUEE Board Member Tom Kurrie near corner of the tables,
SCLC President Rev. Floyd Rose to Kurrie’s right.
FVCS President Sam Allen is near the far end of the left side of the table.
CUEE Board Member Walter Hobgood is near the far end of the right side of the table.
There was no agenda.
There was a document to be presented,
but it was not handed out to the attendees,
and the principal presider, VSU interim president Dr. Louis Levy,