Marlow needs to resign
June 25, 2013 11:58 PM | 3437 views | 2 2 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I am a teacher in the Cherokee County School District; a property owner in the county; and very soon, I will have a kid in the system. I have plenty of skin in the game.

There are ample things on which Kelly Marlow and I agree. I believe in the right to question government officials and the need for transparency. I am skeptical of the government and am a penny pincher that always is looking for ways to cut the budget. I think that we need to allow the private sector to do more while we shrink back governmental social services.

However, I do disagree with Ms. Marlow on several things dealing with our school district. Over the last five years, the school district has cut past the bone with a reduction of 25 percent of their operating budget. This has caused class sizes to rapidly increase (in some cases by 50 percent).

Many people have lost their jobs; services have been cut back; programs have been altered. Fees have been raised on parents; buses are more crowded; and books have been recycled. Some of these cuts have been healthy, but we have gone well past that point. Right now, the educational system in Cherokee is on the precipice.

Are we a county that values education? Do we believe that a quality education system leads to economic growth/a better workforce/higher home values/lower crime? Can we fuel growth/economic success if we are a county with a great education system? Can we achieve this for free?

Ms. Marlow stepped over the line when she sent a letter to SACS asking for an investigation of our school system because of her personal disagreements (with other board members and staff). Ms. Marlow was not elected to serve her own political agenda, but the 42,000 students in Cherokee County (in all schools).

Instead of uplifting and promoting the system, she has caused it to be uttered in the same breath with Clayton and DeKalb. Nothing good can come of it.

There is a solution to her problems that can end the bickering on the School Board. She can resign. By doing that, she can still question the system without endangering the 3,000 seniors on pace to graduate from Cherokee County schools next year.

Do it for the kids.

Michael Sinco


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Cherokee Parent
June 26, 2013
Amen, Mr. Sinco. As the parent of a student who has taken your challenging class, I think there is no better viewpoint of this fiasco than that of the dedicated people 'in the trenches.' This school district has fared better through the downturn than a lot of others across the country; and I know the sacrifice and dedication that caring teachers put forth makes all the difference. When politics gets involved in progress (yes, they are two different things these days,) it's time for the self serving agendas to go away- especially when the future and our children are involved.

Don't like where Dr. P parks his car? Get over it- he gets the job done. Ms. Marlow isn't doing the job she was entrusted with so it's time for her to go. Thanks for speaking up.
Not happy w/CCBOE!!!
June 26, 2013
Michael are you positive the reason for the letter was a disagreement? Perhaps it is something that should have been asked for long ago. I can tell you from a personal experience I had with a Senior advisor and my student I should have asked for investigation at the time. I was told county policy was changed because of the experience I had with my student. That was a positive outcome for other seniors. I believe the bickering will stop when the other members want what's best for the student and taxpayer and not their own agenda and that of Dr. P. besides, who truly believes the county office needs many many Assistant Super intendants?( With secretaries?) to head each and every titled department in the county office? I do not. There is a huge budget cut for you.... Respectfully submitted.
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