County Manager Quits

Laura Blackmon gave notice to the BoCC.  Her last day is 30 June.

Scroggs to lead Chapel Hill High

I admit I don't know much about the inner workings of our schools (just wait about 6 years), but it sure seems like the Chapel Hill-Carboro City Schools have had a hard time keeping principals around in the last few years. This just in from Stephanie Knott, Assistant to the Superintendent for Community Relations:

Former Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Steve Scroggs was appointed interim principal of Chapel Hill High School following a closed session held by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education Tuesday afternoon.

Scroggs will finish out the school year until a permanent replacement is selected.  The principalship is vacant as a result of the resignation of Jacqueline Boyd Ellis.  Ellis will leave Chapel Hill High March 20 to become the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for the Durham Public Schools.  Scroggs and Ellis will work collaboratively from Monday, March 9, through Friday, March 20.

Snow Day open thread

I'm not off work today (go telecommuting), but it sounds like a lot of you are. What's going on out there?

Mayor's Task Force on Mental Health

I am interested in comments from anyone who attended the "listening sessions" this week sponsored by the Mayor Foy's Mental Health Task Force. The sessions were on Tues. and Weds. evening. I got to the Tues. session too late to get a sense of where the Task Force is heading.

I think many people are aware of the problems facing the public mental health system in Orange County and elsewhere. I am interested in what the Task Force intends to accomplish. I hope someone who attended will comment.

Chapel Hill gets a historic marker for the first freedom ride

[1947 freedom riders]Did you know that the first civil rights "freedom ride" took place in 1947, fourteen years before the 1961 riders captured the nation's attention by exposing the brutality of Jim Crow in the South? The Journey of Reconciliation was organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which was born at the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), and was led by FOR staff members Bayard Rustin and George Houser.

The interracial group of nine men on the Journey of Reconciliation set out from Washington, D.C. on April 9th, 1947. They met some resistance from passengers and drivers on buses in Virginia and North Carolina. But when they attempted to sit at the front of a bus in Chapel Hill on April 12th, the driver refused, and removed some of the riders by force. They were then attacked by angry cab drivers at the Chapel Hill bus station, and arrested by local police. Their subsequent time serving on a chain gang led Rustin to write about the experience. His serialized journal led to major reforms in the North Carolina prison system.

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