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Mayor vetoes School Board appointment


Tim Pratt



Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman on Thursday vetoed the Board of Aldermen''s appointment of Susan Tomlinson to the Starkville School District board. 


"It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to veto the appointment of Susan Tomlinson to the Starkville School Board," Wiseman said in a statement. "This decision was not easy, and I have not come to it lightly. Knowing her personally, knowing her credentials, and knowing her outstanding record of service to the schools, I have no doubt that Mrs. Tomlinson could serve the school district capably and well. However, having reviewed a deep field of uniquely qualified applicants and the current needs of the School Board, I do not feel that Mrs. Tomlinson is the best fit for the vacant position." 


Wiseman went on to say it is important for a policy-making body like the School Board to be "representative of the community" it serves.  


The Starkville School District is 64 percent black, 32 percent white, 2 percent Asian, 1 percent Native American and 1 percent Hispanic. If Tomlinson, who is white, were to serve on the school board, the board would become 80 percent white and 20 percent black.  


"The Starkville Board of Aldermen has the power to appoint four of the five members of the Starkville School Board," Wiseman said. "As such, the Board of Aldermen bears the responsibility to ensure not only that appointees are qualified to serve, but also that the School Board is representative of the diverse community it serves. Diversity of representation should be considered as an important but not controlling factor in the process of appointing a school board member." 


"The Board of Aldermen did an excellent job discerning the qualifications of the applicants through the interview process, and there were a number of candidates that proved well qualified. Ultimately, I disagree with the level of attention that the Board of Aldermen gave to the importance of diversity of representation in evaluating the candidates for the position." 


Additionally, because the interview process was "complicated" by confusion over whether or not candidate L. Ann Carr was eligible to serve on the School Board, Wiseman recommended the Board of Aldermen open a fresh application process to fill the vacancy.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment david commented at 3/19/2010 1:11:00 PM:

Sounds like something that would happen in West Point or Columbus. Be better than those idiots Starkville.


Article Comment anna commented at 3/19/2010 1:39:00 PM:

I feel your opinion was idiotic and I am glad that you are not the mayor of Starkville. I applaud his decision that Starkville Schools needs to have a board that is representative of its students. What is the problem with that...if the black candidates are as qualified as the white candidate or any other ethnic person. People in Mississippi can be soooooooooo ignorant at times...especially whites.


Article Comment steve commented at 3/19/2010 2:36:00 PM:


Do you think they picked her because she is white? or because she was the best choice to make a difference?


Article Comment Irvingtonguy commented at 3/19/2010 10:08:00 PM:

Why not just save a lot of time and say..."only blacks need apply." Why waste everyone's time when whites are going to be automatically excluded.


Article Comment American commented at 3/20/2010 11:19:00 AM:

Sounds like a good case for Reverse descrimination? Looks like a group felt that she was the fit. How is it the minority rules in this socialisitic society?


Article Comment chill commented at 3/20/2010 11:55:00 AM:

What on earth are we coming to.....well...we're already there.
This makes me madder than anything I know of. Why shouldn't the BEST people lead the school system. All you are doing is TEACHING the students that qualifications make NO difference at all. The color of your skin will open the doors FOR YOU, NOT how smart or qualified you are.
SAME OLD STORY JUST A DIFFERENT VERSE. My guv'ment gone takes care of me!!!!!


Article Comment john commented at 3/20/2010 12:47:00 PM:

The whole prossess has gone to H--- !


Article Comment Starkvegan commented at 3/20/2010 6:33:00 PM:

Between the Starkville BoA, the mayor, and the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, it starting to feel like Lowndes county.


Article Comment MSU Dad commented at 3/21/2010 6:24:00 PM:

Mrs. Tomlinson was the best qualified candidate black or white. She has worked 20 years in all of the schools in Starkville while her 3 children were in enrolled (she still has a son in high school). She probably knows more of the teachers personally than the Superintendent. She has planned the Starkville High Showcases that have raised tens of thousands of dollars (the one 2-3 years ago raised $20,000). She had the vision to put a science lab in the third grade; raised the funds, got donations for equipment, and got the volunteers to do the work. There are a lot of us that help at the schools; but this woman goes way beyond any volunteer I've ever seen. It's ironic that she is being denied to chance to serve because she is white; when everything she has done at the schools has benefited all races.


Article Comment magnolia commented at 3/21/2010 8:40:00 PM:

I am so disappointed. The color of ones skin SHOULD NOT be of any importance. QUALIFICATIONS should. Didn't the State have to take over the county school under the direction of Mr. Conley?


Article Comment concerned colorblind person commented at 3/26/2010 10:11:00 AM:

It is a sad day when anyone gains or loses a job appointment because of their color. They might as well have denied her the position for being too short or having the wrong hair style. They went through the process, chose the best applicant, and then did not appoint her because she was white. If this happened to a black person under the same conditions, there would be riots in the street and the ACLU would show up.


Article Comment rhayat1 commented at 3/26/2010 9:02:00 PM:

We must remember this precedent when a black wishes to represent a mostly white area. At that point we should proclaim that the person who represents us should be white so that he is representative of that area. Could you imagine the headlines if this happened?


Article Comment Lucas commented at 3/27/2010 12:09:00 AM:

Whatever happened to people being judged by the "content of their character"? This is a clear case of racial discrimination, being turned down for a job due to one's raciial background.


Article Comment John Curtis commented at 3/27/2010 9:56:00 AM:

Let's check that 32% white student statistic in 2 years.


Article Comment j.t commented at 3/27/2010 10:15:00 AM:

Sue the sorry RACIST S.O.B.


Article Comment Mike commented at 3/27/2010 7:06:00 PM:

I guess the people of Starkville should immediately launch a recall election to remove Mr. Wiseman from power. A quick check of his campaign website reveals that he is guilty of being White in the first degree.

If Mrs. Tomlinson cannot adequately serve as an administrator of a school system that is 64% Black simply because of her tragic case of Whiteness, clearly Mr. Wiseman cannot adequately serve the same community as a city administrator.

The only right and decent choice is for him to step down immediately.

If he doesn't, then you know that he is completely bereft of values and morals, and must accordingly be removed from office by the appropriate electoral measures.


Article Comment Mike commented at 3/27/2010 10:36:00 PM:

Well I guess Mr.Wiseman would have no objection with only whites being allowed to represent whites, than?

Impeachment efforts against Obama should start immediately. After all, America is still 65% white despite decades of invasion by racial aliens(thanks Ted Kennedy, I hope you're enjoying that special area of hell reserved for murderers and politicians).


Article Comment Mr. L commented at 3/28/2010 11:11:00 AM:

This is a perfect example of Government sponsored discrimination and racism. I dare say that if the candidate were black and a white were to veto the appointment stating the board must be representative of the community it represents, a cry from blacks would be heard across the nation. Can you say double standard?


Article Comment observant commented at 3/28/2010 7:35:00 PM:

I suspect that Mr. Wiseman is Jewish. I wonder if the appointment would have been denied if she were a Jewess? I think we know the answer. Mississippians are uniquely qualified to see through the guff (starting with James Meredith) of negro pride, homo pride, Indian pride, Jewish pride, Mexican pride, but no white pride. I hope she sues and that whites are aroused enough to kick him (and others like him) out. If the country had listened to Strom Thurmond and Ross Barnett, we wouldn't be having these problems, today.


Article Comment todd commented at 3/29/2010 9:42:00 AM:

Racism. pure and simple. Mayor Parker Wiseman should be recalled.


Article Comment dan commented at 3/29/2010 11:43:00 AM:

"Wiseman recommended the Board of Aldermen open a fresh application process to fill the vacancy."

Whites need not apply. Welcome to second class citizenship.


Article Comment gerarda commented at 3/29/2010 4:20:00 PM:

It is exactly this kind of action that creates hostility between all races. This was not a fair process by no this thinking we are going back in time and reversing everything we have worked so hard to fix....this will cause animosity and hatred....the majority will now be treated the way the minority have been all these being politically correct they are doing more damage in the longrun overall....are all white people supposed to lie down and drop out of the human race now.....this is going too far...


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