NAACP group forming, wants to oust super

Published 12:31 am Thursday, September 13, 2018

An organizer of a new county chapter of the NAACP said his main objective for the group is to oust Opp’s school superintendent.

The group will meet this Saturday at 5 p.m., at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, to complete requirements for a charter, Aaron Bogen of Opp said.

“We are trying get the superintendent from Opp removed,” Bogen said. “You know there is something wrong whenever Opp used to be a 5A school before the superintendent took over and now we are about to be a 2A.”

Opp was last a 5A school 19 years ago, in 1999.

Bogen said that the group has enough members to become a charter, but is expecting more members to join.

“We have a lot of people already members,” Bogen said. “But I expect to have at least 70 to 60 members.”

The meeting Saturday will only cover filling out forms that need to be sent out to become chartered, but Bogen said that they will have a meeting later on to try and get on the Alabama State School Board agenda.

The Covington County NAACP will also meet with the State Black Lives Matter Organization later on in the month, he said.

“They actually reached out to us,” Bogen said. “They really just called and want us to meet so they can give us on update on what they have been doing.”

Bogen said the group should have a Facebook page and Twitter account set up soon.

“We should have that set up soon,” Bogen said. “So we can release updates and news for the community and reach out to all the big news outlets.”

Bogen said that the group has a petition calling for the superintendent to be removed.