Rallies continue in Sumter County | News
Signs plainly state the emotion that some Sumter county residents feel about their school board.
Sylvia Joanson says, "I'm very frustrated with the way the board has been acting recently, I would like answers of why they are making their decisions."
One of those decisions is the recent firing of Superintendent Dr. Roy Brooks.
Rusty Whaley says, "Recently the board relieved him of his duties and we don't understand why."
These demonstrators believe that was a terrible decision for the community
Rusty Whaley "One of the biggest things here is that we need business if you don't have a strong public school system they ate not coming."
They say Brooks passed his annual evaluation and had schools moving in the right direction.
Joanson says, "Businesses are coming in the kids are meeting their goals and we are making progress in our community and they pull this."
Whaley says, "We are in support of him we think that he does support and we don't think that other people around here do."
Former Board members say Brooks was implementing new standards and some feel the school board isn't putting children first.
Whaley says, "That's what they are there for to answer to the students and to answer to the voting public, we are their bosses, yet for some reason that hasn't stuck."
Board members who voted to fire Brooks have not given details about why, other than to say it was the right decision to move the school system forward.
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