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LEE COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Lee County School Superintendent Jeff Moss is under fire for allowing students in his district to write letters to lawmakers protesting possible cuts in state education spending.

One of the lawmakers who got a letter is Republican State Representative Mike Stone, who says his daughter asked in her note, “Please raise the budget, Dad” and help keep two teacher assistants employed.

Stone told WRAL-TV in Raleigh, “As I read through this (letter), anger completely shot through me, and I was trying to hold myself together. (It’s unconscionable) to know any education system would use a daughter against her father.”

Now an email conversation has surfaced between a man in Raleigh and Moss over the letter writing project.

Mike Otto, a credit analyst at Sysco, wrote Moss this email:

What in the world were you thinking making that comment, “If you’re not interested in receiving letters from people in your district, don’t run for public office.”? Are you serious, sir? The school forced the man’s own daughter to write a letter, knowing full well the little girl has no idea whatsoever what she is writing about. That’s just wrong. Evil Nazi/Soviet-style indoctrination. You should be ashamed.

Mark Otto
Credit Analyst
Sysco Raleigh, LLC
T 919.755.2XXX
F 919.755.7XXX

Moss fired back with the following threatening email:


Thank you for providing me additional insight into the beliefs of Sysco and your attitude toward our teachers in our public schools. I will be delighted to share this with the other superintendents across this state and nation so as we select companies and vendors to work with our schools we have a greater awareness of their belief structure on our primary challenge of teaching tomorrow leaders. It is easy to cast doubt when you do not know the story.

Jeffrey C. Moss, Ed.D.
Lee County Schools

Moss told WRAL-TV he didn’t see the writing exercise as a problem and said students in other schools wrote to lawmakers and Perdue.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Moss got Otto fired this morning.

2015 years 8 months ago

Mr Jeff moss represents the lack of quality that one attracts to this area including lee Moore Scotland Richmond etc. Young punks who ads wet behind the ears and care less about education. During last years budget ordeal scotlNds boy wonder pink sliPped all teachers but the coaches. What a sham

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2015 years 8 months ago

This is definitely an auto signature issue. Who hasn’t used their work email when sending something personal by accident? His company should promote him for having good values.

Unlike this despicable excuse for a superintendent. The lack of judgement this guy displays is amazing. He thinks it’s ok for a school teacher to use a child as propaganda against her father and then he attacks a citizen for calling him out on it.

Heck, the Superintendent shouldn’t apologize, he should resign for the harm he has caused.

2015 years 8 months ago

…in the immediate demise of Commisar Moss, it was totally inappropriate for Mister Otto to express his personal opinion while matching it to his official position with his employer. This was HIS opinion, not Sysco’s, and he may be unemployed shortly.

That said, Moss’ response clearly shows that he takes great pride in presenting himself as the Southern end of a Northbound horse at every opportunity.

2015 years 8 months ago

It was probably just his regular email signature that is attached to every email he sends out to everybody. I find it unlikely that Mr. Otto meant that he was speaking as Sysco’s official spokesperson.

2015 years 8 months ago

Keep up the good work America. Lets continue to bomb and rebuild the Middle East while America builds budgets that deprive our kids. Maybe everyone that draws unemployment or lives on welfare should have to home school their child.
America is on the southend of the northbound horse. Some of you that get on this web and comment are so lost.

2015 years 8 months ago

…that’s pretty careless of him.

David Nestor
2015 years 8 months ago

I believe what we have lost sight of is the fact that we are to teach our kids how to be active in our government and the decisions of the government thus the letter writing campaign. The lesson being taught here is that this is how you properly contact your representative etc and hopefully what you write will have bearing on the decisions made. Sadly the teacher who was in charge of Mikes daughter made a huge mistake in having her write her Dad. That is, at that point putting a wedge in the family that need not be there, I do not blame Mike for being upset.

John Myers
2015 years 8 months ago

So you are suggesting that everything would have been ok if they had simply omitted the congressman from their mailing list?…great lesson for the children…teach them to be deceitful.

The point is, these are children and the superintendant used his position of authority over them while they are in his care to advance his personal agenda. It was not a lesson in civics, rather it was a lesson in how to manipulate

2015 years 8 months ago

Websters.com defines bully as:

: a blustering browbeating person

If Superintendent Moss is trying to lead by example, I don’t think we want the students of Lee County following.

2015 years 8 months ago

“That’s just wrong. Evil Nazi/Soviet-style indoctrination.” That’s just ignorant.

2015 years 8 months ago

How is that ignorant? In the 1930s that is exactly what the nazi government did; they indoctrinated children in the schools. It isnt as if Otto called Moss a nazi. He simply stated the method used on children was the same. Look up your history you will find it to be true.

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2015 years 8 months ago

What many educators are doing across North Carolina is using the tactics of the USSR. Turn the children against the principles of the parents and toward the government.

Mommy and Daddy should work harder, so Miss Perfect can get a higher supplement and buy that fancy beach house, so she can spend her summers in comfort. After all, us little crumb snatchers are so hard to deal with during the school year. And you want the best for me, don’t you Mom and Dad?

Your fairy godmother.
2015 years 8 months ago

I am a student at Lee County High School. I can officially say that Moss has done more harm than good for our school. Not only has he caused problems with our schedule, but now he has caused our school system to be looked down upon due to his inability to use his brain. Its a sad day when a man uses another mans daughter against him. Moss, you are a sad man. To manipulate a mans daughter against him so that you can get a fatter paycheck is sickening to me, and apparently so does everyone else. In my opinion, teachers don’t deserve any more pay than they get right now. Our drop out rate is increasing, graduation rate is decreasing, teachers only work 180 days out of the year for 7 hours a day, 3 months paid summer vacation, and every holiday off and paid for.

2015 years 8 months ago

Think again. Teachers do NOT get paid for summers off- and it’s only two months off anyways. They can stretch their paychecks out to get paid 12 months, but they just receive less per paycheck to cover the summer months. And teachers, like other employees, EARN paid annual leave and holidays. If you are new, you don’t get paid for it until you earn it.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m a student at Lee County High, and on behalf of every student there. This guy is an idiot. What a hypocrite. He cant even step up and actually voice his own opinion and is USING the students in the school system. How pathetic. Then he wants to take offense and act as if he did nothing wrong in response. Oh yeah, it’s fine when it’s someone else getting these emails or letters, but when it’s his turn, he just wont have it. This man is a disgrace to all of Lee County and should be fired IMMEDIATELY! Writing exercise my ass. This man wants a bigger paycheck? Then why doesn’t he get a REAL EDUCATION and quit depriving students cross Lee County of theirs.

2015 years 8 months ago

OMG…This is crazy. I mean I have a problem with Moss over another issue regarding how he favors & runs things & dont care, but I did not know that he was a jerk to others. Too make a man loose his job over his opinion, come on now. I think that MOSS is the problem, always has been. Just read his email –

School Reformer
2015 years 8 months ago

Superintendent Moss should resign. He spent $6 million on laptops for all elementary, middle school and high school students over the past 2 years. He had the audacity to ask the Board of Commissioners for a $4 million increase this year which would be an 11 cent property tax increase. His excuse was because of all the state cuts. Common sense dictates that if you spend $6 million on non-essential items in tough economic times that you need to live with your bad choices. Shame on the Lee County Board of Education for letting this man run unabated with the taxpayer money.

By the way, don’t schools have to bid out projects like food vendors? I guess in Lee County they can pick and choose their vendors without getting competitive bids.

John A. Difloure
2015 years 8 months ago

Jeff Moss should be fired. Instead of doing his job and search for innovation and cost-cutting methods, he falls back on liberal bed-wetting tactics by screaming for more money. He has never run a business and made the hard decisions. As far as using children to argue his points, it’s probably because he and the NEA have no command of grammar or spelling.


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