Letter to the editor: Giving school board an education
November 26, 2013 11:55 PM | 1605 views | 7 7 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Lately there is so much controversy about education in the news that it takes time and effort to follow it all. Being the activist that I am, being retired and having time to do reading and research, I have begun to share information and knowledge with my government representatives, federal, state and local.

This has two purposes; firstly, to save them the time and effort to dig out needed information themselves. Secondly, to let them know my opinion as a constituent. In my opinion, this is very important because too many so-called representatives fall into the belief that they are governors and not representatives once they get elected.

This phenomenon is too widespread for my liking. For example, I recently sent information about a failed improvement program in Los Angeles schools about utilizing iPads as learning tools to the Cherokee County Board of Education. I wanted to be sure they didn’t make the same mistake that LA made using my taxpayer funds. That’s the background; here is what I got from the BOE.

“Mr. McNiff,

I respectfully ask you to refrain from sending these types of emails to my [BOE email] account as they do not relate to the Cherokee County School District.

Thanks so much in advance for your kind compliance to this matter.


Patsy Jordan

School Board Member

District 2”

At first I could not believe my eyes. I was so outraged that I shot off a terse reply telling this person to quit if they didn’t want my input as a constituent. I totally reject Ms. Jordan’s comments. I am told that this is simply a reflection of the administration and the arrogant and coercive atmosphere in which the administrative employees suffer to work.

After talking to some neighbors, I realized that they felt the same way about the BOE and the school district administration and that a more widespread response was required. One friend suggested that what was needed was an ethics complaint to be filed.

I cannot disagree with my friend as this reply email, from the BOE, besides being undemocratic, surely violates all the rules of principled politics in a constitutional republic. It was also suggested by another friend that this violates BOE policy and state law.

We shall see.

Bill McNiff

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November 29, 2013
You vill not question ze superintendent!

Just Walk Away
November 30, 2013
Maybe you should question what you post. Grow up.
Sarah Jessica
November 27, 2013
Thank you, Ms. Jordan, for saying what should have been said 1,567 emails ago. After attempting to read through the ORR's from Mr. McNiff, I don't know how his nonsense has went on this long.
Libber Tea
November 27, 2013
Mr McNiff has emailed HUNDREDS of times to our school board reps to the point of haraassment and nausea. He is a Kelly Marlow supporter/puppet and a Tea Party public school hater. PLEASE pay him no attention. He's not worth the time.....
Cherokee parent and
November 27, 2013
Mr. McNiff, perhaps you're unaware that your emails have been published as they were part of an open records request. The amount of nonsense that you send to our school board members is ridiculous. On September 17 at 10:45 you sent a multi page email to the board regarding gun control that quotes Adolf Hitler and referred to African Americans in derogatory terms. What was the purpose in that? This shows a level of bigotry and racism that many, including myself, find unacceptable. I applaud Mrs. Jordan for asking you to keep your correspondence relevant.
November 27, 2013
I have a few comments to Mr. McNiff.

First, Mr. McNiff is of an age where he pays no school taxes. So his poor overburdened taxpayer schtick is both disingenuous and obnoxious.

Second, Mr. McNiff is just trying to throw up a smokescreen for his buddy Kelly Marlow who is having actual legal and ethics issues.

Third, if you want a window into this man's character, check out his racist email that he sent to another Cherokee County School Board Member, Michael Geist.

Fourth, as usual Mr. McNiff is only interested in defunding and undermining the award winning CCSD system. He remains a sad, uninformed, and angry little man.
Acme Fence Co.
November 27, 2013
Thank you, Mrs. Jordan! This man has proven himself to be dangerously ignorant on even the most basic education topics (i.e., his comparison at a board meeting of the Pickens County budget to the Cherokee County budget, failing to take into account that Cherokee County has almost 10 times the student population-- yet he didn't understand why Cherokee spends more money). Please stop filling elected officials' inboxes with pointless drivel (like whatever is happening in Los Angeles) and wasting everyone's time.
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