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Goldsboro principal to retire after failed donations-for-grades fundraiser

Posted November 13, 2009

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— The principal who initiated a fundraiser in which middle school students could exchange donations for test points has decided to retire, the Wayne County Public School system announced Friday. 

District leaders denounced the fundraiser at Rosewood Middle School and forced the school to return all the money raised.

Rosewood Principal Susie Shepherd is on leave for the remainder of the month and will retire effective December 1.

Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor said Shepherd informed him of her decision when the two met Thursday as part of the investigation into the fundraiser.

Shepherd told her staff of her plans Thursday; a letter will go out to parents Friday, the district said. 


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  • familyfour Nov 13, 2009

    They can accomplish the same thing by doing an extra project, so what's the difference???
    Vietnam Vet

    The difference would be the learning experience the child receives from doing the extra work.

    Ya think the military would have let you purchase rank?

    Would you want those who purchased rank to have served along side and protected you during your service.

    Children cannot learn from purchased grades. It will only put them in a place they are again, not skilled enough to succeed.

    Thanks for your service to our country.....

    I disagree with your view of how education should be earned.

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 13, 2009

    Way too much ado about nothing. Simply another way for students that care about their grades to acquire extra credit and help their school in the process. So what if they're "buying" a few extra test points. They can accomplish the same thing by doing an extra project, so what's the difference???

  • agricon3 Nov 13, 2009

    I have a question--How is this any different than getting extra credit for participating in any fundraiser/event? I think this has been blown out of proportion and was tacky,but my kids have gotten extra points,candy, a party, and various bric-a-brac all for raising money for their school. Don't play high and mighty and say you don't participate, we all see the forms magazine ads, food sales, wrapping paper, etc. I also don't see the difference in my kid doing his grade level work on a project a some other kids parents doing his. Those parents bought his grade with their work.

  • mrduffin Nov 13, 2009

    I worked for the Durham School system for 30 years and saw it go from a top 5 district in the beginning to a top 50 district at the end. I was ready to get out after 30. I'm sure this lady has seen the same thing in her career and was ready to retire. We all need a push sometimes to see the light. And BTW...even if she had gotten fired she would still be able to draw her full retirement. She will be fine.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 13, 2009

    People carping about budget cuts. We are spending far too much on this Public system. Time to scrap it and replace it. Let's get a system in place where the Teachers at least have some chance of success.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 13, 2009

    I don't understand. Finally a principal that figured out an inexpensive way to raise everyone's grade and she is out. Makes no sense.

  • jules wants Beth back Nov 13, 2009

    My step-daughter is, too, Sarge.

    My freshmen walked out of there last year with a boat load of academic awards that he earned all by himself. (Good thing, too, cuz Gawd knows I can't afford to buy them. Ha ha...spent all my money to look rich and all...you know how it is.)

  • Dad of 7 Nov 13, 2009

    "All of my children have attended RMS, and my step-daughter still does."

    Cool, my sons in the 8th grade there...Its a shame this has gotten so blown out of proportion.

  • rebar Nov 13, 2009

    I never knew i lived amoung so many millionares...Seems some are just using this article for ridicule on the people of Rosewood. Why I do not agree with what idea that was used what I do know is Mrs Shepperd had good intentions. Her and some parents just used poor judgement. It just seems before those below sat at their computer and passed judgement on the people in Rosewood...maybe you need to do something to help your own community and not worry about ours. We will get through this and move on.

  • jules wants Beth back Nov 13, 2009

    Ten cent millionaire...hmmm...Thanks.

    And I'm quite sure that Ms. Sheppard was not the only adult involved, just the only accountable one.