Pitt Commissioners Drop Membership With Chamber Of Commerce

An endorsement by the Pitt Greenville Chamber of Commerce to support cutting down the number of school board members, has cost them a membership with the county government.

Pitt County Commissioners voted five to three Monday to disassociate with the chamber of commerce.

The commissioners voting in favor say say because the chamber decided to support a bill introduced by Republican State Senator Louis Pate to reduce the size of the Pitt County School Board from 12 to 9 members, the county did not want continue to be a part of the chamber.

Chamber president Susanne Sartelle tells WITN that she is disappointed that the commissioners felt it was necessary to pull their membership because of one disagreement. She says the loss of the county's $1,388 in annual membership fees is minimal to the chamber. But sartelle says the county will lose greatly from the benefits the chamber provides.

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  • by Pathetic Location: Greenville on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    What a ridiculous, vindictive, bone headed move by the Board of Commissioners.It's obvious that the ones who voted for this move put their personal interests above all else. My bet is that if someone digs deeper you'll see personal relationships between board members. Greenville will never progress if we keep electing "good 'ol boys and girls (and their networks) into office!
  • by small time... on Jun 7, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    This is a great example of small time politics at work against a group of business owners who would like to take Pitt County to another level. Unfortunately, it will prob never happen here..b/c there is still so much of the good ole boy system in place. If a group of business owners believe that reducing the size of the school board will achieve better results for the future of the public school system-- and hopefully workforce later--then they should be able to voice that opinion w/o punishment from their county government.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Glad that the COC wasn't afraid to voice their opinion on the subject. Maybe others should follow suit.
  • by Billy on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    Better article on this in the reflector. At least you know who voted and how they voted in that article.
  • by Paul Location: Greenville on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    Cut the school board. How many people do you need to make stupid decisions anyway?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    Glad I don't have kids in this school district. The board acts like a bunch of spoiled brats who cry about getting their way. It's like a child who comes to the ballpark with the only ball and says he's making the rules because he owns the ball. Reduce the size and term limits of this board now!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaaven on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    All we can do is hope that Beaufort County wises up concerning bankrollint the Chambers of Commerce one of these days.
  • by Kane on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    The Pitt County School board is way to big. It's has calcified into something that has become unwieldy in the 21st Century. Twelve members, serving 6 year terms is way to long. I do not see any benefit with having the largest school board in the state but not being the largest school system. Some people in this part of the world need to lose this "JD Hogg" mentality.
  • by william Location: greenville on Jun 7, 2011 at 02:37 AM
    the primary purpose of chambers of commerce is to work continuouswly to create and promote a favorable business climate. It is not the size of the school board that affects the business climate. It's their effectiveness in developing and maintaining a good school system that the chamber can promote as an asset to the community and business community. If there are school board members who aren't doing the job, fire them at the ballot box and hire people take the job seriously.
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:27 AM
    Not sure which group of good 'ole boys is more important in this situation. Both bodies seem to be selling to developers?
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