Calls mount for Sutton to resign as school board chair
SMITHFIELD – Across the country school board meetings are generating large, vocal crowds. Johnston County’s July School Board Meeting had over 100 protesters show-up, and the September 14th meeting looks to be an even larger event.
Citizen Advocates for Accountable Government (CAAG) and JCPS Parents for Freedom are organizing a march and protest for the school board meeting on September 14th, 2021, at the Simpson building on Hwy 70 in Smithfield. The event will occur during the regularly scheduled Johnston County Board of Education meeting.
Madison Cawthorn, U.S. representative for Western North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, will be in attendance. A member of the Republican Party, Cawthorn was elected to Congress in 2020 and is the youngest serving congressman. Cawthorn has been outspoken on hot button issues, and his anticipated presence at the local school board meeting has generated a buzz.
Robby Starbuck, a Republican political hopeful for the US Congressional seat in Nashville, TN also plans to be in attendance. A Cuban-American, Starbuck is an award winning Video Music producer and director, and has been outspoken to his large base of followers on issues facing the country.
Dale Lands, founder of CAAG, said the two groups organizing the event invited local, and outspoken out of district, elected officials. Lands is hopeful many will come to the meeting to peacefully stand against, what he views as, overreach by local boards of education.
Lands said, “We are going to the school board meeting in force with a lot of constituents. We are grateful that some high profile elected officials and candidates from other areas of NC, and the country, have agreed to join and support us. We are hopeful these big voices will encourage others across the US to speak up for policies against CRT, and giving parents choice in masks and vaccinations for their children.”
Organizers anticipate as many as 500 people attending the protest and school board meeting.
Parent: Uncooperative school board members should resign
Caroline Lowe Miklosovic, member of JCPS Parents for Freedom, is an organizer for the planned events and said, “We hope to share with the BOE, in a peaceful and respectful way, the collective voice in Johnston County that is for parents choice is also the overwhelming majority. We want to remind the BOE that they are here to make educational decisions for our children.”
Miklosovic is soliciting the resignation of uncooperative members of the school board. She said, “If The Chairman and the rest of the board cannot have open communication and work with parents, we kindly ask the chairman and any other board members to step down and allow other candidates who are capable to take over.”
Dale Lands extended a word of support to Superintendent Dr. Bracy, “Citizen Advocates for Accountable Government wishes to make clear our support for Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy. Dr. Bracy was hired to do a job, and we hope that he makes our schools shine by meeting his goal of bringing the schools back to acceptable achievement levels. We are rooting for his success! Dr. Bracy has been professional and willing to listen to our concerns, then take action. We thank Superintendent Bracy for his efforts.”
Lands: Competent members of community needed on school board
Lands had harsher words for the current school board, “As far as the board of education is concerned we have had many conversations with them regarding CRT and mask mandates. We need representation that will not step into our lives in such an intrusive manner. If the board members, including Chairman Sutton, cannot deliver policies that meet the needs of the majority they should step down immediately and allow competent members of the community to step in and help Dr. Bracy achieve his goals.”
Leader of the JCPS Parents for Freedom group Kevin Donovan says he will be calling for leadership, transparency, and open dialogue. Donovan stated, “If that can’t be provided with the current people in the seats, then it should be handed over to someone that can.”
Both CAAG and JCPS Parents for Freedom are encouraging people to attend, speak at the meeting, and stand up with signs outside in solidarity against CRT, mandated masks, and forced vaccinations.
The groups plan to meet at 3:00pm at Becky’s Log Cabin Motel on Highway 70, and peacefully march to the Central Office building at 3:30pm. The sign-up for speaking begins at 4:00pm, the open meeting starts at 5:00pm, and public comments are scheduled at 6:00pm.
Follow Citizen Advocates for Accountable Government or JCPS Parents for Freedom on Facebook for updates or reach out personally for further information. Dale Lands Co-founder Citizen Advocates for Accountable Government NC can be reached at 984-297-3304 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
This story has been updated