There has been a national response to both the contest and my letter, to the interest and frustration at times of local officials, but while we've gotten their attention, the contest continues without apology. The school district superintendent's response was thoughtful, but no changes have ensued.
We welcome input from concerned citizens anywhere in the U.S. Some have even written to our local school officials from overseas. If you wish to add your voice, contact information is below. Meanwhile, you can follow the unfolding story here (scroll down to "North Carolina"). Let's not allow this isolated instance to set a precedent for schools districts anywhere else!