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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – New Hanover County School Board Chairman Don Hayes says County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield recently got in his face and threatened him over redistricting decisions.

Hayes says Barfield is now making good on that threat, trying to take control of the school board’s budget.

While threatening him, Hayes said Barfield told him he was unhappy about redistricting and that it could affect their funding.

No word yet from Barfield on if he agrees with Hayes accusation.

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  • Guest

    The NHCC need to stick to their own business and let the Board of Ed handle theirs. Both Boards were voted in to do their own work. Let each attend to their business at hand.

  • DisGuestedly

    Barf-ield needs to keep his nose in his own business. The people of NHC have spoken loud and clear on neighborhood schools…look at the recent election where Janice Cavenough, big proponent of neighborhood schools, was the top vote getter in the election for school board. Comments like Barf-ield will get you voted out of office in a second.

  • Guest

    Mr. Barfield, you have let your position go to your head. You need to calm down, step back and take a deep breath. You worry about taking care of your job as a county commissioner. As history shows, that job has not been done well and you and the rest of the commissioners need to focus on issues at hand with the county. You take care of the job you were elected to do and let other elected officials take care of their’s. Don’t forget your re election day will come. There’s no time for childish control issues. We have serious problems in county business. Do your job to get the county back on track!

  • Guest69696

    Who when they lost their power in general in November decided they would just BULLY people into accepting their position. Barfield is in the minority on the board and he dont like it but hes abusing his position as the Chairman of the CC to try and bully people into his liberal agenda. See the School board turned Republican also and Barfield doesnt like that either.. GEt over it ya’ll LOST so either get with the program or get the hell outta the way!!!!

  • Guest

    Cant we all get along with jonathan. developers and titan get along with him just fine. so he wants to take over schools-so he knows very littlwe about how to run them. so what-it’s St Patricks day give the guy as break–buy him a drink and tell him-HELL NO CONT TOUCH OUR SCHOOLS. Let jonathan play with his develper friends evn though he’s a democrat.

  • Guest

    This isn’t a political issue. This is a man who got a bit of power and wants more. Maybe even an issue of ‘getting even’ mentality. We all need to monitor this situation to see just how far Barfield thinks he can push it. Remember to vote on election day.

  • Taxpayer525

    Ohyeah, just what is needed. The county commissioners watching out over what is spent by the school board. They haven’t demonstrated that they can handle what is currently on their plate, much less adding something that none of them know a whitt about, other than “maybe” they attended a school. Let the School Board do what they were elected to do. If the voters don’t like it, they’ll get the chance to get rid of them directly.

  • Surely_You_Jest

    Who dat? Who has done such a wonderful job overseeing various boards and activities? Who was it that appointed the ABC board and provided such wonderful oversight? Who was it that oversaw the water system in the county and then deftly passed that oh so well run system to an “authority”?

    Who dat?

    Who was it that approved spending county money in a secret deal to bring a controversial industrial polluter to the county? Who was it that gave $25,000 with no accountability to the one who really should have won the best politician poll to blow on the Gravely parties?

    Who is it that overseas the million dollars a year sunk into the Airlie Garden hole? Who is it that oversaw the jail construction project and sweetheart deal with county property that was too moldy for the county but works fine after it was sold for a song?

    Who was it that wasted county commissioner meeting time on trying to give away a quarter of a million dollars with no accountability or plan to an arts council, only to vote against his own agenda item when the public inconveniently became aware of the plan, eh Mr Barfield?

    Who dat?

    Leave another elected board alone. Clean up your own (OUR) house and oversee the areas that have languished under the County Commissioners’ oversight prowess. After the next election, the voters of the county will be happy to say of Mr. Barfield, “Who WAS dat?”

  • radar

    Your days are numbered as a county commissioner . It would be a wise decision not to run for a second term. You may want to follow the lead of ” Big Mouth ” Jason Thompson by not pursuing political office after this term. Taking control of the school budget is not within your purview. The majority of the citizens have spoken on redistricting . Respect their view and move on. You will be humbled if you continue to use heavy handed tactics. Take a cue from YOUR SOCIALIST President, who is beginning to see the hand writing on the wall . Meddling in the affairs of other officials , who are elected to conduct our business, in order to influence decisionmaking will absolutely not pay dividends for your future political ambitions !

  • Guest757

    I agreee with you 100 % they both have to go !!!!

  • Guest

    I believe Barfield did the right thing to confront about budget issues since our county and city budget is top priority during how the economy is nationally! He probably knows that he personally is not in the budget position but at least he confronted to allow Hayes know before things get out of handed since presently city budget and county budget overall here in New Hanover County has done very well according to recent news that were above average during tough economically times! New Hanover county dont need to be in large deficit at all and if Mr Barfield didnt confront Hayes about it then something happens then how is it gonna effect in the long run???? I believe Mr Barfield cared enough and is doing his job accordingly also protects our county, city from goin in budget disaster also saving all of us from gettin in to defcicit!!!!
    I do not believe Mr Barfield would be someone or a type of a person to confront in a bad manner or be mean about things according what Hayes said he had done.
    If Hayes plans are effecting our budget then it will affect it then whats more is gonna be effected is citizens as a whole in our city, county. It will effect this then maybe effect how we are gonna be taxed in the long run after budget gets effected to how Hayes does his job with school redistricting decisions. His decisions may affect budget due to districts being very opposite of schools and being very far away from each other causing budget to go over its budget unless he makes a right decision to where it wont effect budget if he does the redistricting accordingly closer to schools within neighborhoods instead of north neighborhoods go too far out of the ways and south new hanover neighborhoods go too far out of the ways north and west goin too far out of the ways to east then east neighborhoods to too far to west etc etc ….. We citizens want to be closer to our schools accordingly in neighborhoods where we are from or live but at the same time continue to be sure we do still do all schools to be still be all racial equality in each schools.
    It seems which I stated above is maybe the point of view which Barfield was trying to say also to make sure Hayes dont do things that are out of handed with how he does with redistricting also race relations to be a big part in each schools. Hayes maybe is doing redistricting thats effecting budget also not making sure schools are filled with students racially equally in each schools.
    Ive known Barfield for a long time and he deserves a chance to do what he does as a county commissioner also does a very good job as well. Citizens needs to look more deeper than just overlooking and put blames on him without researching or knowing the facts at first place because Mr Hayes might be doing things to only make Mr Barfield look bad. It needs to be stopped also all commissioners need to work together whether we all like it or not also whats important is during this time; economy effects all levels nationally state down to counties then to our cities over all so please listen to who ever comes up about the budget since he or she may be protecting our citizens such as ourselves also. Mr Barfield may be trying to protect something from get out of handed such as he says would effect our city or county budget then it will effect us as a whole in our town and county as well our citizens. Look at the big picture and work together as adults and not children in our city or county levels of govt!!!!! Grow up and Mr Hayes do not target Mr Barfield and stop making him look bad like how Ms Padget did to former county commissioner Katherine Moore which was completely destroyed because she was a woman of power and seems Mr Hayes maybe is doing the same to Mr Barfield just to get his power away because of similiar reasons seems to be the same between both Ms Moore and Mr Barfield because of their color of their skin!!!! Mr Hayes if thats so; please STOP!!!!! We need to work together and get things through together as an adult also really watch how our county and city is run especially during the times of how our economy presently is now!!! This is what we all vote for all of you to be there for and it doesnt matter what and since this is about budget on one side and about redistricting on the other side just cant be one sided also all needs to be coming together to work together!!!!
    For Mr Hayes: stop bringing back how former commissioner Ms Moore was treated again towards Mr Barfield!!!! We dont need this!!!! Work together as a team regardless to who the person is whether u like it or not!!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!

  • Guest

    This is not a race issue. This is about Barfield trying to take over where he doesn’t belong and wasn’t elected to be. Read the story. It never fails. Let an issue between a white person and a black person come up and INSTANTLY it’s a race issue. That has been used as an excuse for so long it’s expected anymore. What a drag.


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