SSS principal would never snub Neuse Charter
Opinions have been formed and shared during the last couple of weeks regarding the relationship between Johnston County Schools, specifically Smithfield-Selma High School, and Neuse Charter School. Many of those opinions stemmed from a Sept. 15 article in the Smithfield Herald titled “SSS snubs Neuse Charter School.”
CACRAO, an organization of colleges, holds college fairs by asking specific schools, in this case SSS, to provide a location for them. For the SSS site, CACRAO allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes for the college representatives to meet with JCS students. This controversy originated because of prior miscommunication between Neuse Charter and CACRAO. By Wednesday, Sept. 18, CACRAO had resolved the matter and scheduled Neuse Charter to attend the campus college fair.
However, the Herald chose to focus on the “poor relationship” between the two schools rather than on the specifics of the story. Great effort was made by the editor to incite a negative relationship by using the word “snub” in the headline.
Snub means to “ignore in a deliberate and insulting way.” It is unimaginable that Principal Mike Taylor snubs the Neuse Charter, especially when you consider how he has willingly assisted with several needs of the charter school. For example, Neuse Charter was allowed to use the track at SSS during the spring because Neuse Charter did not have their own track. Currently, Neuse Charter is utilizing the SSS track timers. Neuse Charter is using the SSS cheerleading mats for an upcoming competition. Also, SSS invited Neuse Charter to participate in a volleyball clinic last summer. Contrary to the article, editorials and letters to the editor, Mr. Taylor has reached out to Neuse. He has made an effort to be a team player. He has been a role model for adults and youth.
There are a couple of things that this situation brought to my immediate attention. First, I could not agree more that adults should serve as role models for our youth. Providing positive support with words and actions rather than negativity (without facts) is a good place to start. Second, a reminder that no one likes to be snubbed – no one!
Superintendent, Johnston County Schools