Writing on the Chalkboard

The N&R’s Jennifer Fernandez ‘live blogged’ much of last night’s school board meeting at The Chalkboard.  This exhaustive meeting lasted well into the night and Jennifer & Co. did a yeoman’s job getting the finalized changes to Guilford County’s school redistricting on my sidewalk this morning.

The running commentary was provided by several north High Point residents who were clearly angered by what they saw and heard while watching the meeting on their televisions at home.  After the board got through the non-redistricting preliminaries, a commenter named ‘KY’ chimed in at 8:35p with this…

“OK, High Point…lube up. We’re next!”

After more play-by-play, the final vote to change the lines for several HP schools was taken around 11:45p, someone named ‘Hey Soos’ posted this lament…

“Forgive them father, for they know not what they do…  It is finished…”

Then ‘Liberty Bell’…

“I live on Whites Mill and My Child will never attend Andrews…..I will move or attend private school,,,but under NO circumstances will my child attend Andrews.  Message to Dot and the Socialist: SCREW YOU.”

For better, or for worse… school redistricting is now behind us.  Or is it?  Following a later Chalkboard post outlining all of the changes, possible school board candidate Garth Hebert wasted no time expressing his displeasure…

“How they can now expect to ask for more Bond money from the families they have betrayed is beyond my comprehension. …They cannot continue to play the whole county as stooges for their silly, childish games.”

Hebert was the driving force behind thousands of dollars worth of full-page Rhino Times ads that were highly critical of the school board last year.  Knowing that, and with a looming election, I really wonder if “it is finished“?

I have often berated many North High Point activists for being too caustic in their rhetoric towards those with whom they disagree.  From my view, all of the name calling, mud-slinging and other personal attacks toward several school board members, Dr. Grier and anyone else who dared forward an opposing opinion out in the open, only served to royally piss most people off;  and these were the very people North High Pointers ultimately needed to achieve their goals. 

While many of those activists anonomously cyber-high-fived each other when some similarly-anonymous commenter on the Chalkboard and elsewhere came up with a new way to disparage a school board member or Dr. Grier; in the end, obviously, few opinions were swayed by those mostly anonymous, ugly and counter-productive tactics.

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  1. David Hoggard
    Posted February 22, 2006 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I typed in my name on google this evening an hogg’s blog came up at the top of the list.
    I had to come over and check it out. I’m 20 year old David Hoggard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was kinda of cool to see that there was another David Hoggard living in the world. That’s pretty much all I got. I’ll probably check out the site again sometime. cool

  2. dhoggard
    Posted February 23, 2006 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    The following comment was submitted via email by ‘Phred’ who reports having trouble commenting under his own moniker.

    You may be correct in your conclusion that the caustic anonymous cyber attacks haven’t swayed the ” thinking ” of a majority of the SB members. The ruling social engineers on the SB long held a carved in stone, in your face attitude that the parents and students can be damned attitude from tho onset even prior to the lottery system. Similarly the open public discussions using logical, reasoned and yes emotoional arguments haven’t changed any minds of the radical SB members. It was a done deal just as Crossroards Ministries was force fed to the teachers in dire need of ” sensitivity traininng ”
    If some of these tactics were counter productive are you really suggesting that , considering the present make up of the BOE that a productive dialogue is remotely possible.

    If this crowd ever gets independent taxing authority better relocate your business and your family.