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Local group calls for removal of trio on Halifax Board of Education

Following on last week’s sudden firing and then, a few days later, rehiring of Halifax Schools Superintendent Elease Frederick, a local group is joining calls for certain Halifax Board of Education members to be removed from office.

In a press release sent today, the Open Minded Seniors (OMS) at the Tillery Community Center described how they met Tuesday and discussed the Halifax Board’s “lack of decorum” and failure to “understand” new directives imposed on the district by the State Department of Public Instruction.

“The OMS voted to join with the Halifax County Black Caucus (HCBC) and the Concerned Citizens of Tillery (CCT) in calling for the removal of the three cohorts who participated in the ‘side show,'” a press release stated. 

Last week, the Halifax Board voted to remove Frederick on a 2-1 vote. Two members of the Board were absent and two left the meeting in protest prior to the vote. The OMS is asking DPI to find a way to remove the three Halifax Board members who participated: Charles Hedgepeth, Vice Chair Joyce Lashley (both of whom voted to dismiss the superintendent), and Susie Lynch-Evans (who voted against the dismissal).

Hedgepeth, in particular, has been a vocal critic of the superintendent, publicly calling for her resignation many times. 

“We are also asking others in the county to join us, CCT and the HCBC in seeking the removal of these three. However, at a minimum Charles Hedgepeth,” said Roy Jones, OMS president, in a press release.

For background on Hedgepeth’s claims and the firing of the superintendent, go here. For coverage of the special meeting where the superintendent was rehired, go here

Look for more in-depth coverage of the superintendent’s dismissal and rehiring in the coming weeks.

 

Alex Granados

Alex Granados is senior reporter for EducationNC.