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The appointment of the equity cabinet chief made by Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Ross Renfrow is yet another glaring example of marginalization of an African American professional.

It appears the superintendent stripped Crystal Roberts of her communication duties and responsibilities and assigned that charge to someone who heretofore has had no training in communications. Ms. Roberts remains the only African American on the cabinet and has a new fancy title post that carries with it an ambiguous job description.

To his credit, the superintendent has moved a few African American professionals around to different jobs with apparently increased responsibilities and leadership opportunities including the appointment of Tol Avery as principal of one of the traditional high schools [North Johnston High]. For this, we are grateful, but much else remains the same.

Marginalization of African American professionals in the Johnston County School system appears to have gotten a face-lift at best. Make no mistake about it; it is the same old face with a little nip and tuck. The time for more meaningful leadership opportunities for African Americans in the Johnston County Schools is now.

Johnston County Education Summit members will continue to advocate for the end of the systemic marginalization of African American professionals in the Johnston County school system.

Reginald Holley


The writer is a member of the Johnston County Education Summit.