My wife and I have lived in Cherokee County for over 12 years. One of our kids graduated from Woodstock High School, and attends Georgia Tech with a 4.0 as M.E. major, while our other child is a strong student at Freedom Middle School.
The math and science program in our community is a strong program, especially for AP students. The Georgia Tech students from Cherokee County from the class of ’12 at Georgia Tech had about 50 percent with a 4.0 GPA. Bottom line, one cannot argue that the school system has shown tremendous improvement under Dr. P, going from a troubled district to one of the top systems in the state.
With that said, I do think the system needs to improve in some areas such as increasing vocational opportunities, internship/co-op opportunities coordinated with business community and online education coordinated with home-school students.
I have always tried to work within the system, and I have found most of the board members receptive to improving the system. In fact, I think the Chairman Janet Read has been a driving force on a board level, pushing for new positive programs like the academy, expanding on line education, and opening up vocational opportunities.
I know Kelly and thought she could do a good job adding a balanced voice to the community. The problem is she does not understand the proper role nor temperament of a board member:
1) The job is to do what is best for the community via our school system. Obviously putting our accreditation at risk over a personal vendetta is not proper behavior for a responsible board member.
2) Board members’ private or public job is oversight of the process, direction and budget. A board member job is not to manage or direct day-to-day operations. Once again, Kelly stepped over the line by bypassing the management structure, and going directly to employees with management type request. This behavior would not be tolerated in the private nor public sector, for obvious reasons of disrupting day-to-day management.
3) Finally, instead of bringing up issues in a constructive manner, she focused on spewing vile, baseless remarks over focusing on core issues, and working on solutions. Obviously, questioning the process and budget is the job of a board member, yet Mrs. Marlow made the job about her/politics, not improving our schools.
Kelly Marlow’s overall behavior as an elected school board member calls for a resignation. Her elected job is to make sure we protect our schools system first for the community.
Kelly at this point, is hurting the foundation of what her job is as a member of the school board. Kelly, please resign.