As Smithfield budgets for next fiscal year, the town might raise the base fee that water and sewer customers pay. The Town Council has also chosen a plan to curb rising health-insurance costs for its workers.
Each year, thousands of Johnston County parents ask to transfer their student to another school. And for the most part, the district says, “Yes.” For the past three years, Johnston County schools has OK’d 91 percent of the more than 8,200 total transfer requests, according to reassignment data.
Here’s the takeaway from Smithfield’s pay-raise scandal, which has slipped into history now that District Attorney Susan Doyle has announced she will file no criminal charges: If your town manager is under the influence of medication and unable to recall what he did or didn’t do, it’s fine for employees to receive or grant themselves large pay raises against town council orders.
The May 17 column, “Smithfield, Selma can’t wait” by Susan Lassiter, stated that Concerned Citizens for Successful Schools had worked for the past three years to make a difference in the Smithfield and Selma schools and that the group had found disappointing Superintendent Ed Croom’s response to a presentation Mrs. Lassiter made to the Selma Town Council.