Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting was a tense one. Let’s hope that our new Superintendent, Dr. Angela P. Hairston isn’t tempted to move back to Georgia and beg for her old job back. Lori Goins Clark’s recent resignation dominated Dr. Hairston’s first BOE meeting. Goins Clark’s racist text to a fellow board member (and inadvertently to Dr. Simington-the object of the text) divided the board. Board Chair, Malishai Woodbury was ready to move on and let the County’s attorneys handle the matter.
Recently the Guilford County School Board voted to have Charles Aycock’s name removed from Aycock Middle School. Folks in Winston can be forgiven if they haven’t been following the Aycock controversy in Greensboro. Perhaps most people in Winston don’t know who Charles Aycock was? Charles Aycock was one of the key figures in the white supremacy campaign of 1898. In 1894 a fusionist coalition of white Democrats who were tired of the planter class’ domination of state politics teamed up with black Republicans and won.
This year’s SciTech just concluded yesterday. SciTech is a two week summer day camp for elementary and middle school students that immerses them in math and science. SciTech also takes students on field trips to places like Caterpillar’s Axle manufacturing plant, so that they can see real world applications of what they’re learning in the classroom. SciTech is sponsored by the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in partnership with Winston-Salem State University. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that approximately 100 students participated in this year’s SciTech.