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VOL. XV, No. 46
Coble's top team
raises concerns
Decision makers would be white males
Chronicle Staff Writer
The most recent central administrative staff reorganization would
place four white men, one white woman and an Afro- American woman
in the top positions in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County system.
Although Afro- American Pamela Chisoim will be retained as inter
nal auditor, Superintendent Larry D. Coble's plan slights Dr. Barbara K.
Phillips, an assistant superintendent since 1985, reassigning her to a
position in which her superior would be a white man who has less expe
rience than she and has occupied fewer key positions in the city-county
system. - ? ; ? ' ? ? - . ???
The Board of Education approved Dr. Coble's reorganization plan
""Monday. The boards personnel committee subsequently approved his
roster of persons to place in the new organizational chart. The full board
will vote July 17 on the latter changes - the vote is expected to be one
of unanimous approval.
All the positions are interim ones, said Dr. Coble. Coble has sug- J
gested that the board allow Fred B. Adams and M. Nelson Jessup to
occupy two newly created deputy superintendent slots. Dr. Adams, who
has been with the local system since 1965, would be the deputy superin
tendent for instruction, and Mr. Jessup, the deputy superintendent for
The superintendent has also recommended the appointment of an
executive assistant to the superintendent. Because Dr. ?oble has
expressed a commitment to improving racial relationships and increas
ing the number of Afro-Americans in upper-level administrative posi
tions* *ome4)AX? speculated, tbtt the executive assistant will be a black.
* However, sources close to school administration speculate that Dr.
Coble may move one of his newly-appointed white deputies into the
executive spot and replace him with an Afro- American. The superinten
dent said that all three positions are equal in rank and pay.
Dr. Adams would directly supervise Dr. Phillips. He was a teacher
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Forty photo-panels (such as the one above) portray moments in Haiti's history.
The photos are on exhibit at the Delta Arts Center through July 31.
Hunt decision
angers blacks
Chronicle Staff Writer
The announcement that two Surry County prosecu
tors will determine if Darryl E. Hunt will be retried for the
1984 death of Deborah B. Sykes has been greeted with
outrage by some members of the Afro-American commu
nity, particularly members of the Darryl Hunt Defense
Fund Committee.
"It's a travesty of justice/' said the Rev. Carlton Ever
sley, pastor of Dellabrook Presbyterian Church and public
information officer for the committee.
Dean Bowman, Surry County district attorney, and
his chief assistant, James C. Yeates III, will handle the
? Hunt case. ?
In early May the North Carolina Supreme Court
ova-turned Mr. Hunt's 1985 conviction Tor stabbing and
raping Ms. Sykes, and District Attorney Warren Sparrow
was to decide if the charges would be dropped or if Mr.
Hunt would be retried.
Mr. Sparrow has declined making a decision in the
case, citing an interpretation that says it would be a con
flict of interest.
Two of Mr. Hunt's defense attorneys, L. Todd Burke
and Vincent F. Rabil, are now. assistant to Mr. Sparrow,
who was not district attorney at the time of Mr. Hunt's
conviction. Mr. Sparrow said that an interpretation of the
ethics rules by the North Carolina State Bar said it would
be improper for Mr. Sparrow to proceed with the case.
Attorney Larry Little, who organized the Darryl Hunt
, * Defense Fund Committee, said that for now he must dis
tatioe hitnself .from the matter because he is not sure what
role he will have to play if Mr. Hunt is retried.
In answer to a reporter s question, however, Mr. Little
said that Mr. Hunt would be the one prejudiced by any con
flict of interest and if Mr. Burke and Mr. Rabil are screened
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Board to consider loitering bill
Chronicle Staff Writer
Dealers and users come from Greensboro, Raleigh and
Charlotte to the Twin City, which is becoming infamous as
one of the largest drug-trafficking cities in the state, said
Alderman Vivian H. Burke during a Public Safety Com
mittee meeting Monday afternoon.
"The word is out in some parts of this community and
people come here to get drugs because the trafficking is
better here," Mrs. Burke, committee chair, said. "Some of
them are living here in a hotel in the city. We arc going to
have to take a risk."
The risk Mrs. Burke was referring to is a proposed
, criticized
at meeting
Chronicle Staff Writef
Winston-Salem needs elected
officials who are willing and
equipped to usher the city out of
mediocrity and back to being one of
the trend setters in this state, represen
tatives from the business community
said last week during a Chamber of
Commerce forum
Those officials in the city and
county and the ones in surrounding
municipalities must unite, communi
cate and promote the entire Triad as a
place where big industries and corpo
rations can locate and flourish.
Discussion centered on the topic
MThe Business Community in an
Election Year," and more than 25 par
ticipants laid out what they consid
ered major issues - particularly those
important to the business community
- that candidates need to address.
Opinions and views differed on
some issues but most in attendance
said they longed for elected officials
who would emphasize the concept of
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ordinance that would prohibit drug dealers from selling
their wares on street corners and thereabouts. Specifically,
a person could be arrested for:
"I can imagine many folks who would have
this problem in their communities would be
very elated
-- Vivian Burke
?beckoning to, stopping or auempting to stop pedestri
ans or cars,
?repeatedly trying to interfere with the passage of
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Vivian Burke
Blacks trail on CAT test
Chronicle Staff Writer
Across the board, in every category and grade, Afro-American students
scored below their white counterparts on the California Achievement Test
(CAT) taken in April 1989.
The national test is required testing for students in grades three, six and
eight, and the local system also administers it to/tudents in grades four, five
and seven. It is used to evaluate students in readjftg, language and math. Scores
are reported in median percentiles which allow comparisons of an individual
score or group average with the relative performance of a national "norm
group," said Donna Oldham, assistant school -community coordinator. The
national norm is 50. If a student scores at the 50th percentile, he or she did bet
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