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School Board re-elects officers

Published 10:40pm Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Suffolk School Board voted for Michael Debranski to continue as its chairman for the next year.

At a work session Thursday, Enoch Copeland was also voted to continue as vice chairman.

Cynthia Chavis was re-elected clerk, and Jacqueline Chavis and Kevin Alston, who serve as deputy superintendent and chief of operations, respectively, were voted deputy clerks.

All votes were unanimous.

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  • stown23437

    The School Board will have 4 people up for Election this fall, folks. If you are not satisfied, then change is your option.

    I think it is time for the business community to take an interest in running for School Board. Former educators guarding the hen house is not always the correct answer.

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    • chief601

      “I think it is time for the business community to take an interest in running for School Board. Former educators guarding the hen house is not always the correct answer.”

      As long as it’s not the same type of business people on the city council. But I believe you are correct.

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    • Savannah

      I’m always happy as a pig in poo to vote for the new names on the ballot if the old ones are doing a poor job.

      Sadly, Suffolk keeps showing over and over again that isn’t how it usually goes in this town. :( I certainly hope it changes, because if it doesn’t.. well, we have no one to blame for our troubles but ourselves.

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  • Daisy

    Oh yes, the teacher flight out will be as great as ever next year. Then how many more SOL subject classrooms will be filled with long term subs like this year … subs who are not certified in the SOL subject area??? I bet the number will double. Where’s the Herald to investigate these numbers?

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  • chief601

    “If you don’t believe in fitting the curriculum the student and not the other way around, then you cannot agree with the idea of not every student is cut out to attend a 4 year college.”

    I should have said I don’t trust the majority of teachers to fit a plan for the student. I see no reason not to train students to work with their hands (like a vo tech program). They can make a good living as an electrician, plumber, etc. My children attended Christian schools. My son was moved up to other class rooms to get higher math in the elementary school. My idea of fitting the curriculum. I’m fine with vo tech classes. When we came back from overseas he had to go to public school as it was a very rural area with no private or Christian schools. Although there were some fine teachers there were plenty of duds as well. My son was told by a Guidance Counselor that not everyone was cut out for college and he may wish to get a job. He and A & B grades. He was Student Body President at a Div. 1 school and is now Assistant Director Of Housing at a major university in NC. I think he may have been ready for college. I am not impressed with most people in the educational system. There are notable exceptions.

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  • blueberry

    I guess this is fitting, I have written an letter to several school board officers, some of which were my teachers in high school and one that even asked me to write her a letter of recommendation when she was running for office, about the conditions my 2nd grader is learning in which is pure crap and haven’t heard back from any of them. They don’t care they are just a body there to make themselves look good.

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  • TB_suffolklady

    So here’s what going to happen…..the school board, who is RULED by Deren Whitney, will eventually push away teacher raises again. However, the school board all have FULL BENEFITS AND $10000. Additionally, SAO is top heavy with people who get the TEACHERS to do their jobs. This so that they can get $20,000 raises.

    Everything is status quo. It’s the way it should be for the dynamic duo of Mike and Deren, with their trusty sidekicks Buck and Chavis.

    BTW – watch for a mass exodus of teachers this year.

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  • ladybug9327

    Absolutely ridiculous. No doubt the votes were all unanimous – they have created their own little society were everything that is wrong with the school system here is the teacher’s fault. How many “adjustments” needed to be made to fix all the issues with the new school hours this year? Ans we still have late buses – almost everyday. They approved new English textbooks that are 1400 + pages in the high schools – I don’t want my kid carrying that thing – and most teachers aren’t even using them. But I’m sure they will also vote to give themselves a raise since they are doing such a great job. They have run SPS into the ground and now have more time to dance on the grave.

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  • chief601

    “The Suffolk School Board voted for Michael Debranski to continue as its chairman for the next year.

    At a work session Thursday, Enoch Copeland was also voted to continue as vice chairman.

    Cynthia Chavis was re-elected clerk, and Jacqueline Chavis and Kevin Alston, who serve as deputy superintendent and chief of operations, respectively, were voted deputy clerks.

    All votes were unanimous.”

    That’s because they have done such a great job. We just have a few unaccredited schools and 54% of the high schools students can’t pas math SOLs. These geniuses vote to give the math teachers a $5,000 bonus if they can fudge the scores enough to pass. I have a nephew who just started teaching this year (not in Suffolk). He had worked in the business world with an advanced math degree. He decided he wanted to “give back” so he became a teacher. He says it’s one of the biggest mistakes of his life. He can’t fail these kids and they don’t care about learning. He will finish his contract and find a job where he can contribute. His mother is ready to retire as a teacher in public schools and ill then teach in Christian schools where she might do some good. When are we going to learn that politicians want dumb voters? The public schools system has become a sick joke.

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    • am

      The $5000.00 bonus is a grant funded program that MANY school districts are applying for.

      And thank you for pointing out what teachers have been saying all along (and the public screams is the “union” talking – and no, VA is NOT a union state, which makes the VEA/NEA a lobbying group)teachers can teach all day until they are blue in the face – the kids don’t want to learn, the misbehave in order to be suspended and taken out of the classroom, even if for a few days. The educational system needs to be overhauled top to bottom and the notion that EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO A 4 YEAR COLLEGE should be dispelled. Fit the curriculum to the student, not the student to a “everyone MUST do this” curriculum

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      • chief601

        “The $5000.00 bonus is a grant funded program that MANY school districts are applying for.”

        No doubt. Didn’t these brain surgeons adopt a plan put forth by a group of math teachers?

        “And thank you for pointing out what teachers have been saying all along (and the public screams is the “union” talking – and no, VA is NOT a union state, which makes the VEA/NEA a lobbying group)teachers can teach all day until they are blue in the face – the kids don’t want to learn, the misbehave in order to be suspended and taken out of the classroom, even if for a few days.”

        The problem is no one is held accountable. Not teachers, administrators, staff, or students. And please don’t preach to me about the NEA – if you want to see how they destroyed the educational system read “The Worm in the Apple” – Peter Brimelow. I remember back to Mary Hatwood Futrell of the VEA who went on to become (I believe) President of the NEA. She was a big part of these problems, in my opinion.

        “The educational system needs to be overhauled top to bottom and the notion that EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO A 4 YEAR COLLEGE should be dispelled.”

        Agreed.

        “Fit the curriculum to the student, not the student to a “everyone MUST do this” curriculum”

        Uhhh, no. A lot of teachers couldn’t fit a BB in a boxcar so I’m not trusting them to find solutions to problems they helped create.

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      • am

        I’m not going to defend or even try to discuss the VEA or the NEA. I don’t have faith in the work of either of them and am NOT a member.
        As far as the math grants are concerned, I don’t know who put forth the plan. It didn’t come from the bottom up (classroom teachers), but from the state.
        If you don’t believe in fitting the curriculum the student and not the other way around, then you cannot agree with the idea of not every student is cut out to attend a 4 year college. It is the same thing written differently. Academic students should follow a more academic curriculum which students wishing to pursue a vocational job should be afforded a curriculum that better fits or meets their needs.
        @ TB_suffolklady – you bet about the exodus. The applications are already in the mail to other school divisions.

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    • chief601

      “He can’t fail these kids and they don’t care about learning.”

      I should have said many of these kids don’t care about learning. He does try to help the ones who are trying. I also should point out there are many teachers trying to do their best. I have gotten so frustrated with the system I failed to point that out. I truly, truly, appreciate the ones of you who hang in year after year and do your best. I thank you for trying to do what’s right.

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