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“Fractured” school board moves ahead

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Angela Reinhardt / Photo

Cheryl Sams, right, was one of four people who spoke vehemently against the board’s decision to remove Dr. Carlton Wilson. Dozens of others attended to show their disappointment in three board members’ move.   


A heated crowd turned out for the first board of education meeting of the year, where the public slammed three board members for forcing former Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson to resign.

Public speakers at the meeting, who are just a few of the throngs of Pickens residents who have come out in support of Wilson, accused  board members Tucker Green, Joeta Youngblood, and Donna Enis of not acting in line with the desires of their constituents, of being unclear about their reasons for letting Wilson go, for being non-transparent, and for costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. 

The tension ramped up right out of the gate, when interim superintendent Dr. Charles Webb called for nominations for chairperson. Tucker Green was re- elected with board members Enis and Youngblood voting in favor of his appointment. One member of the public was heard saying “sickening” after he was re-elected to the position. Enis was elected vice chair. 

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