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The Braille Monitor – February, 2001 Edition


NFB of South Carolina Successful in the Coffman Issue


From the Editor: After the Pickens County school board listened to Parnell Diggs and Don Capps, as described in the preceding article, they sat down to read the materials given to them and to search their souls or at least to consult their attorney about the likelihood of their being sued and losing the case because of what Mrs. Coffman had said and done and what the superintendent had so far failed to do. They then clearly gave the superintendent his instructions. Here is the very satisfactory conclusion of the story as it appeared in the Palmetto Blind of November, 2000:

The NFB of South Carolina is pleased to report that it was successful in its presentation to the Pickens County School Board of Trustees on Monday evening, October 23, in which the Federation requested the School Board remove Mrs. Miriam Gant Coffman from any supervision of or contact with blind or visually impaired students. The decision by the School Board was swift and decisive. Following is a letter written by Dr. Mendel Stewart which is self-explanatory.

School District of Pickens County

October 26, 2000

Mr. Donald C. Capps

Mr. Parnell Diggs

National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Dear Mr. Capps and Mr. Diggs:

I have been asked by the Board of Trustees to provide a written response to the concerns you raised before the Board at its meeting on October 23, 2000, related to Miriam Coffman, an employee of the District. After careful consideration of the information you presented to the Board as well as your expressed desire to bring closure to this matter, the Board has asked me to communicate the District's desire to also bring closure to this matter. In an effort to do so the District is willing to make arrangements for all administrative responsibilities related to the District's visually impaired students to be removed from the areas of responsibility currently assigned to Miriam Coffman.

The District will now consider this matter concluded and trusts you do likewise.


Mendel H. Stewart, Ed.D.

cc: Board of Trustees

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