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.