Community rallies to support Zeb Brown at HCSD meeting

HCSD meeting 1-15-13

HCSD meeting 1-15-13

Cecilia Spears
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:02 PM.

BONIFAY — It was standing room only as dozens of Bethlehem community members turned out and filed in to support recently transferred principal of Bethlehem High School Zeb Brown during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Holmes County School District Tuesday, Jan. 15.

One by one almost a dozen speakers came before the school board demanding and pleading for explanations, accountability and a promise to continue putting education first at Bethlehem High School.

“I’m a parent of eight children, seven of which have attended Bethlehem and two are presently attending Bethlehem High,” said Drew Kriser. “I graduated from Bethlehem High, almost all my brothers and sister attended there. The Kriser family has been attending Bethlehem school for over 39 years.”

His family has a history with the school, he said, which gave experience to his voice.

“It’s had its ups and downs,” said Kriser. “The reason why I got up here is because it’s mostly been downs. I’m not a critical person, I believe in people, I believe in the school, in fact I love the school; my children are in that school.”

He said even with the love of his school he had to be frank.

“The quality of our education has been substandard,” said Kriser. “Finally we had someone holding the standard up and you yanked him out. Do you understand why we’re so upset?”

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