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The Rhinoceros Times ® Vol. XXIII No. 16 © Copyright 2013 The Rhinoceros Times Greensboro, North Carolina Thursday, April 18, 2013 Principal Resignation Tied To Fraud by paul C. clark Staff Writer The resignation of Ben L. Smith High School Principal Noah Rogers on April 8 was the result of Rogers being accused of misusing $18,975 Guilford County Schools paid to move Rogers from Norfolk, Virginia, to Guilford County in 2006, according to court records and school system sources. In response to a public records request, Guilford County Schools officials verified that Rogers repaid the money with a certified check on April 4, 2013 – the day before he resigned. In a lawsuit filed in Norfolk Circuit Court on June 22, 2009, Cuthrell Brockington, a former Norfolk Public Schools employee. Noah Rogers who said he was the owner of a company called Brockington Moving Co., claimed that he gave Rogers $18,975 that had been paid to Brockington by Guilford County Schools to pay for Rogers’ move, and that Rogers never paid him back for the move. It is not unusual for Guilford County Schools and other large school systems to pay for a principal’s move, although it is negotiated on a case-by-case basis and is not done for all principals. But, according to Brockington’s claims in records filed with Norfolk Circuit Court, there was little that was usual about the way Rogers’ move was handled. Rogers was hired by Guilford County School Superintendent Terry Grier in 2006 from Norfolk Public Schools, where his last job was as principal of Lake Taylor High School. Good Repair Not So Good For Downtown by john hammer editor It’s shocking but the Greensboro City Council – led by Mayor Robbie Perkins, who recently declared bankruptcy – doesn’t seem to understand that the economy is bad for just about everyone. Before he declared bankruptcy the mayor took his company and fled downtown Greensboro because it was too expensive and there was no free parking. Tuesday night, April 16, the mayor and seven of his colleagues voted to make operating a business downtown even more expensive because the city will now fine businesses up to $500 a day for having a cracked window. How’s this example? You own a building downtown and you go on a lengthy vacation with a cracked window on the front of your building; you come back months later to find that despite your orders to the contrary no one has fixed the window and you have been fined $500 a day for the past two weeks. That may sound far fetched, but a very similar scenario involving a Guilford County commissioner and a trip to China occurred a number of years ago. However, (Continued on page 36) Rhino Rumors From staff and wire reports Photo by Sandy Groover Students from seven Greensboro colleges and universities participated in the Seven Campus Scramble, an obstacle course that included the Jelly Belly Crawl in the Biscuitville Bowl held at Center City Park on Saturday. More photos page 36 Greensboro College celebrated the 175th anniversary of its founding last week. One attendee at the party announced she had been present at the 100th anniversary celebration and it was my mother, Hannah Hammer, or as she was known back then, Hannah Martin (Continued on page 26) When Guilford County Schools pays for a principal’s move, it requires the newly hired principal to submit three bids for moving services, gives the contract to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, and cuts a check to the winning moving company – which keeps the money, because it did the work. In Rogers’ case, the job went to Brockington, who worked for Norfolk Public Schools, possibly for Rogers, and Brockington claims he gave the money to Rogers, who would not be entitled to it, as employees can’t be paid for moving themselves, particularly if Guilford County Schools is paying a third party. According to a Norfolk Public Schools spokesman, Brockington was an employee of Norfolk Public Schools until 2010. An online listing of Tidewater, Virginia, technology teachers lists Brockington as teaching at Lake Taylor High School in 2008. If he worked there in 2006, he would have been Rogers’ employee. There is no ìBrockington Moving Co.î listed as incorporated in the State of Virginia in the records of Virginia Secretary of State’s Office. On one internet social site, Rogers and Brockington are listed as friends. In other words, according to Guilford County Schools records, Guilford County Schools hired an employee of Norfolk Public (Continued on page 35) At-large School Districts This is a map of the two proposed at large Guilford County Board of Education districts in Senate Bill 317 sponsored by state Sen. Trudy Wade. The districts will allow one school board member to be elected primarily by citizens of Greensboro and one by the rest of the county. The other nine school board members will be elected from districts similar to the Guilford County commissioner districts. Education in Guilford County is in for some major changes if Senate Bill 317 – which passed the Senate Committee on Redistricting on Wednesday, April 17, and now goes to the floor of the Senate – passes. S t a t e S e n . Tr u d y Wa d e sponsored the bill, which makes sweeping changes to the way Guilford County Board of Education members are elected, and there was one significant (Continued on page 26) Inside this issue High Point News............ 6 Entertainment Guide...... 9 Puzzles............ 14, 20, 28 Uncle Orson Reviews....11 Yost Column................ 13 Rhino Real Estate........ 17 Scott’s Night Out.......... 16 Letters to the Editor..... 25 Editorial Cartoon.......... 38 under the hammer....... 39


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