Two sides not equal
August 06, 2013 09:29 PM | 1836 views | 7 7 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I’ve been reading reports relative to the political divide in Cherokee. Not every debate has two valid sides. Just because there are two parties in an argument does not mean that they share the same motivation, knowledge, credibility, or integrity.

Despite her SACS complaint, Kelly Marlow’s words have had nothing to do with her points of contention enumerated to SACS. She has spent her short tenure hurling wild accusations about field trips, Georgia School Board Association, budgets and audits. All of these have been easily debunked.

Marlow knows how little truth there is to her accusations from the stage, as she did not include them in her complaint to SACS. Her points are intentionally misdirecting and accusatory without regard for the damage they will do. The disconnect between her fronts of attack shows how little truth there is to both.

Marlow’s most recent strategy is exploiting Cherokee County School District’s custodial staff. Once again, the state government has reduced funds, leaving the districts to flounder.

For the past few months, CCSD has been researching a way to manage the spiking cost of benefits for non-certified employees. Board Members Robert Wofford and Patsy Jordan have been working tirelessly to find a solution that kept our fine custodians employed and paid a living wage with continued benefits.

By contrast, Ms. Marlow did not even pick up the proposals regarding the custodial solutions until the day of the last board meeting. Of course at that board meeting, Marlow then pandered to the crowd about the plight of our custodians.

Even more offensive is Marlow’s audacity in accusing the board chair of inappropriate interaction with staff. In my limited interaction with Janet Read, she has been professional, hard-working, and student focused.

Marlow, by contrast, has spent her short tenure firing off feeble gotcha questions, attempting sabotage of numerous quality aspects of our system, receiving multiple ethics complaints, mixing business and pleasure with her political team, all while having been charged with filing a false police report.

The greatest divide in this debate is not political. It is a wide chasm in facts, motive and integrity.

Treating the two sides as equal is laughable.

John Carter

Ball Ground

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Roger M. Kent
August 09, 2013
This dude is righteous!
August 09, 2013
Well stated as usual, Mr. Carter.

@What's laughable: You have no idea the number of hours Mr. Carter dedicates to the students of Cherokee County and our country. He should be applauded, not berated.

Ms. Marlow is embarrassing herself and the incredible school system that has been built in this county and it is time for her to resign.
What's laughable
August 07, 2013
is how much time middle-school band director John Carter spends on Facebook and writing editorials rather than teaching, all at the expense of the taxpayer.

What's not laughable is the fact that SACS found enough validity in the complaint to demand an answer from the superintendent, despite the wild accusations and messenger attacks to the contrary of one John Carter.

The idea that we should trust a middle-school band director's opinion over that of SACS is also laughable.

August 08, 2013
That's it? Accusations of being a band director? Thanks for showing once again who the good guys are.
Roger M. Kent
August 09, 2013
Dude, Why so harsh? Not everybody is good at band. You don't have to carry around that anger forever. Just chill. Maybe you'll find something you're good at.
Now wait a minute
August 11, 2013
May I infer from your rant that teachers are not allowed to exercise their right to free speech during their personal time?
Danny Steele
August 07, 2013
Amen.... So tired of all this infighting. Ms. Marlow, please resign so our board meembers can get back to doing what is best for the 39000 students of CCSD.
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