After attending our last school board meeting, I was once again reminded of the discourse and general damage that Cherokee County Board of Education District 1 Rep. Kelly Marlow is doing to our public school system.
After scathing remarks concerning the PTA organization on a public forum website, the president-elect of the Georgia PTA was compelled to attend and speak to the virtues of that wonderful organization. She then asked that detrimental remarks be removed from public forums and asked for an apology for them. Of course, she got neither from Ms. Marlow.
Next came the March of Dimes reps to the podium to thank the school district for their continued support. Ms. Marlow chose again to grandstand by blind-siding them with unsubstantiated questions about experiments on unborn and aborted fetuses, embarrassing most everyone attending. You could have heard a pin drop.
I am outraged by the decision of Gov. Deal’s panel not suspend her when they had the chance last month. Unfortunately, politics seemed to once again trump doing what is right.
Ms. Marlow’s Teflon-coated behavior goes unpunished yet again. That should say volumes to everyone concerned. The parents of Cherokee County public school kids should be very concerned.
Unfortunately, all of us continue to pay the price for her actions. We pay through the cost of convening the state review committee, the costs already associated with her felony charges by our police department, the court system’s grand jury, the audit teams returning to re-explain our finances to her and the costs of ethics hearings that found that she violated ethics codes.
Thousands and thousands of our tax dollars have already been wasted because of her outlandish behavior. Who knows what kind of huge tab the county will rack up on her felony court case in the coming year or two?
What actually alarms me the most is the reality that we have only experienced 10 months of Marlow’s four-year term of office. Whatever the final costs are involving all of her various current issues, it will surely pale in comparison to what it will cost all of us and our public school kids if she is allowed to stay in office another 3+ years.
You can take that to the bank.