For two weeks, a fellow conservative, Don Conkey, has written columns that unfortunately misinform readers about our public school system in Cherokee County.
For 11 years, I’ve had the honor to serve our community as a member of the Cherokee County Board of Education. During that time, we’ve had some great success with improving the performance of our public schools. Unfortunately, we’ve not been successful at improving the lack of respect our state lawmakers have for our schools.
The recent rhetoric about “one man, one vote” and that our school system needs competition from charter schools are, frankly, disingenuous arguments.
The reason the state legislators changed the governance model was to restrict voters’ options when selecting a school board.
This was done for one reason only: to unseat the current superintendent. The charter school issue is just the flavor of the month.
No one I know on the school board (including me) has ever stated a position against charters. We do, however, have a constitutional and fiduciary responsibility to ensure that tax dollars are spent (and audited) in an appropriate manner.
That is where my dedication, responsibility and opinion have guided me.
Our state legislators’ use of ideology as an excuse for advancing personal agendas at the expense of the public as a whole is an inexcusable abuse of the power that comes with being in office.
Mr. Conkey needs to take a step back and look at what has really been going on instead of just listening to our state legislators’ spin.
Cherokee School Board of Education chairman