We’ll start our coverage around 2:45 PM.
Quick Recap: Ed Newsome’s job was definitely in jeopardy today, but he survived somehow. We’ll have a recap article on this tomorrow morning. In the meantime, click on the jump and read the recap of what happened today.
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2:55 PM – Crowd is big.
I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention that I am the only white person here. Let me be clear that this not a race issue being handled today.
3:15 PM – First Danville police officer arrives.
Doors open. Not enough chairs but it doesn’t matter since we’ll be booted out for the closed session.
3:30 PM – Showtime. 6 of 7 members here now. George Wilson out of town, will participate via speakerphone.
No public comment period.
Whatever action is taken will happen at the 6 PM work meeting. Speakerphone George Wilson is not understanding what is going on and asking questions.
Meeting goes to closed session. We’ll be back around 5:30 PM with more coverage.
Ed Newsome confers with his attorney as we head out. Yes, his attorney.
Change in our SouthsideCentral coverage plans… We’ll be covering this school board meeting instead of the Danville United meeting tonight.
6:00 PM – Ready to restart in the work session. Superintendent Newsome not at the table. Everybody else is.
Public comment section was added to the agenda. That will be before any vote on Newsome.
Sherman Saunders and Alonzo Jones are here from city council.
Greg Hairston, Danville NAACP head, speaks in favor of Newsome.
6:15 PM – Carrie Ashe makes her remarks and amazingly looks at the audience when she’s making her points. She knows how to do public speaking.
All school board members are paying close attention to the speakers.
Chairman Ed Polhamus does a nice Lightning Round to speed through the comments and that’s all. That’s a smart move to only get two speakers out of a crowd of 100.
Something’s not feeling right if Newsome is going to be fired tonight. He’s introducing new employees from the audience.
Cheryl Bryant has left the meeting but left her computer on the table.
The work session continues with budget discussions.
Newsome is smiling and not looking like someone who’s getting fired tonight.
Sad to say that there’s little white presence in the audience. Greg Hairston from the NAACP already played the race card, saying if Newsome was fired to expect outrage from the black community. (Added: Yes, I call it a race card playing because he’s restricting his predicted outrage to a specific group denoted by race. They’d be more that black outrage if Newsome was canned.)
6:45 PM – Grant application recaps and the board starts to doze off. Ha!
Ok, a school board work session is way more boring than watching proverbial paint dry.
7:10 PM – You haven’t missed anything. More presentations.
One interesting thing on discipline changes. Riding on a school bus is a privilege, not a right.
7:20 PM – Ah ha! I’ve figured this out. After all of these reports, there’s a closed session. If they’re going to give him the boot, it happens then. Then they go back to open session and make it official.
Cheryl Bryant has returned.
7:50 PM – Closed session starts and we’re all kicked out. We’re having some technical difficulties. Doing the best we can.
Ironically, Danville United is meeting now about ten blocks away.
8:40 PM – Closed meeting continues.
9:00 PM – And continues.
9:10 PM – Closed session in over. Showtime.
Very surprisingly, we get no vote on any action from the closed session. Newsome survives. What happened here?
We’re going to do a full analysis on this bizarre day. We hope to have it written by noon on Friday.
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