Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Local Superintendent Receives
Award for Improving System
By Chris Blow
Randy Bridges, superintendent of the
Orange County School System, was
awarded state Superintendent of the
Year last week in recognition of his lead
The award, given annually by the
North Carolina School Boards
Association, selects a superintendent out
of 117 school districts based on his or her
Bridges was presented with the award
in a ceremony dining the NCSBA’s
32nd Annual Conference for Board
Member Development last week.
“This is definitely a message that
they’re happy with the direction we’re
headed in,” Bridges said.
During the 2000-01 school year, the
school system’s proficiency levels in
reading and math went up on every
End-of-Grade test. Bridges said.
The systemwide achievement gap
between white and minority students
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than being in close contact with students
and being able to interact with them.’’
Shelton said the effect that a low stu
dent-to-faculty ratio would have on class
size is dependent on the subject materi
al of the course. He said some depart-
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also was narrowed by an average of 18
percentage points in the third to eighth
Bridges said he achieved those
accomplishments by maintaining a
direct relationship with the teachers.
“We stick to our programs and work
directly with the teachers to do what
they need,” he said.
Jean Swainev, principal of
Hillsborough Elementary School, said
Bridges has improved the way the sys
tem is dealing with poorly performing
“The old school model was to just
have summer school to catch up the kids
who are behind,” she said. “He’s gotten
funding for us to help the kids during
the school year.
“We’re very pleased with the way our
school has done.”
Delores Simpson, chairwoman of the
Orange County Board of Education,
said Bridges has inspired the system’s
teachers to be the best.
“He’s very charismatic,” she said. “I
ments keep large classes to expand their
upper-level course offerings.
“Asa student, I never worried about
sitting in an introductory physics class of
75 people,” Shelton said. “But 1 really
would have resented an introductory
French class with 75 people.”
Shelton said the benefits of a lower
ratio make good use of funds that might
come from increased tuition.
would call him an innovative person
who encourages teachers to rise to the
Simpson also said she thinks Bridges
deserves the award because of his dedi
cation to student achievement.
“He is a person who is visible in the
schools, and teachers have positive
things to say about him,” she said.
Bridges also serves as the chairman of
the Orange County United Way cam
paign and is a member of the Board of
Directors for the Partnership for Young
Terry Rogers, principal of Cameron
Park Elementary, said she is excited
Bridges won the award.
“He is very inclusive in his decision
making and continually says that what
we are doing should be for the chil
dren,” she said.
“There is no one more deserving. I
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“We have to keep student concerns in
mind when we think about raising
tuition,” he said. “If they do come to us
with a recommendation for a tuition
increase, we better have a clear way of
demonstrating that students will benefit
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Student government officials said that
although they hoped the seminar’s dis
cussions would be a factor in Moeser’s
initial decision, they are pleased stu
dents will have some input on the issue.
“I hope that the feedback will affect
his initial decision, but my focus is more
about what will actually go into the pro
grams we will start there,” said Student
Body President Justin Young.
Moeser said students can offer impor
tant input on how to make Qatar a
learning environment for UNC students
through study abroad and international
public service opportunities.
“In helping us design how the pro
gram will work, students can best be
involved in the project," he said.
Student Body Vice President Rudy
Kleysteuber said Moeser’s idea to focus
student input on programming is the
most practical, given the high likelihood
the program will go forward.
“We have to approach this from a
realistic viewpoint," he said.
“Realistically, from where we stand
now, it looks like this will happen, so
this is where students can realistically
have the most impact.”
Young said the seminar was formed
to educate students about the Qatar sit
uation and present a balanced view of
the advantages and disadvantages of
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“There definitely is a concern of bias,
but we have discussed giving a well-bal
anced view of opinions,” he said.
Although the two appointed facilita
tors - faculty members Holden Thorp
and Bob Adler - are both advocates of a
UNC-sponsored business school in
Qatar, they hope to include the opposing
arguments in the seminar. “We are trying
to get (Professor) Dennis Rondinelli, who
I think is the most articulate opponent,
and other voices of dissent to participate
in the seminar,” Adler said. “The seminar
would be useless if we didn’t raise ques
tions of concern about Qatar.”
Rondinelli said he is not sure what
role he would take in the seminar, but
he is considering participating.
Adler said he and Thorp are almost fin
ished preparing for the seminar and hope
a variety of students will show interest.
Young and Kleysteuber are responsi
ble for screening the student applicants
and choosing 30 students to participate
in the seminar.
Adler said he wants a diverse group
of students to create a representative
committee. He emphasized the need for
student awareness to provide Moeser
with quality input.
“I think students and faculty are in
the same boat - Moeser is the decision
maker, but I believe he will pay extreme
attention to informed input,” Adler said.
“It is up to us to do our homework.”
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all Americans greater confidence when
In other news, Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld said the Pentagon
hopes Afghans motivated by the
Taliban’s collapse and millions in U.S.
reward money will find Osama bin
Laden’s hide-out so U.S. troops won’t
have to hunt cave-to-cave for him.
Bush said gains by anti-Taliban forces
gave him encouragement that the mili
tary was closing in on bin Laden. “The
noose is beginning to narrow,” Bush
The U.S. approach, at least for now,
is to continue bombing suspected hide
outs while leaving the search on the
ground to local people, Rumsfeld said.
He suggested a $25 million reward -
plus extra bounty offered by the CIA -
may prompt Afghans to “begin crawl
ing through those tunnels and caves."
If the job eventually falls to the U.S.
military, it will require different kinds of
forces than the special operations troops
now in Afghanistan, the defense secre
tary said. He did not elaborate, but
other officials have said the task might
fall to an infantry unit like the Army’s
10th Mountain Division.
Speaking at a Pentagon news confer
ence on the 44th day of U.S. bombing,
Rumsfeld also said the United States
would not let Taliban leader Mullah
Mohammed Omar escape from
Kandahar, his southern stronghold now
under siege, even if opposition groups
negotiated a deal for free passage.
Rumsfeld was asked about reports
that Omar is trying to negotiate a han
dover of power in Kandahar, the birth
place of the Taliban militia that has har
bored bin Laden and his al-Qaida ter
rorist network. “If the thrust of that
question is would we knowingly allow
him to get out of Kandahar, the answer
is ‘No, we would not,’” he said.
And in Afghanistan, opposition
groups and U.S. aircraft continued their
siege of the Taliban’s northern strong
hold of Kunduz and international nego
tiators reportedly agreed to meet this
weekend in Germany to discuss form
ing anew broad-based Afghan govern
More signs of normalcy took hold in
the capital, Kabul, as television returned
to the air and a movie theater reopened
- both were shut down during the oust
ed Taliban’s harsh five-year rule. But
four foreign journalists are missing in
Afghanistan and feared dead after gun
men ambushed their convoy.
Working on the critical issue of stabi
lizing the tribally fractured country,
negotiators reported progress in per
suading Afghanistan’s major ethnic
groups to work together on forming a
government. No date or place for talks
has been announced, but a Pakistani
diplomatic source, speaking on condi
tion of anonymity, said a meeting would
begin Saturday, possibly in Berlin.
More U.S. commandos joined the
hunt for Osama bin Laden and other
terrorist suspects in southern
Afghanistan, Pentagon spokeswoman
Victoria Clarke said.
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said the destruction of public docu
ments goes against the mission of both
UNC and its libraries.
“This library -and the University -
has prided itself on free public access of
these documents to the people of North
Carolina," he said.
Kessler said he fears destroying the
document could lead to the destruction
of less threatening or more important
documents that should not be censored.
“When you have an event like (Sept.
11) it scares everyone to death,” he said.
“When you have a public that is scared,
(censorship) sounds very good.”
But Kessler said public access to fed
eral documents has suffered for six to
eight years prior to Sept. 11 because of a
budget crisis. This has led conservatives
in Congress to call for electronic pub
lishing of federal documents, he said.
“I have spent my entire career fight
ing for free public access,” Kessler said.
Kessler said the library has received
requests to return or destroy documents
in the past, but these generally were a
result of the Government Printing
Office accidentally sending the wrong
documents to his office.
Chuck Stone, a UNC journalism pro
fessor who teaches a course in censor
ship, said questions regarding free
speech become more difficult during
times of war. “It is difficult to balance the
equities between the right to know and
the right to protect people,” Stone said.
Stone also said that while he believes
the government must continue to
improve national security, the demand to
destroy the water supply document could
be declared unconstitutional in court.
Kessler said he expects the govern
ment to call for the destruction of more
documents in the future, an idea he said
he finds discouraging.
“Access to information published by
the government is everybody’s business,”
“No government is so good that it can
be trusted to operate in the dark.”
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