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As Long as We Remember...

June 4, 2009

A Lexicon for Future Reference

Joan Marie Aquilino

Below you'll find numerous links covering the past several weeks noting much of the displeasure with our Frederick County Board of Education. This is more of a keep and reference piece than a quick read. Only if you are truly interested in how Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) is being run and where your tax money is actually going will this interest you.


According to the members of the school board, they are being picked on because of misinformation. What misinformation? Don't point fingers! Say what you mean and mean what you say!


It's very telling when you go through the articles referenced at the end of this column. If any positives exist – even by the school board members themselves, they, too, are included.


This is one of those articles you will read in dibs and drabs, then put it in your favorite places so that when in doubt referencing is but a click away.


If 99 out of 100 tell you something is wrong, do you think maybe you should start paying attention?


Nope that is not the practice of our school board. They'd rather spin and direct blame elsewhere. These elected officials refuse to listen, and – instead – do even more to irritate, like their group-think norms, changing the redistricting lines at the last moment, cutting programs, and informing the public to get over it concerning its new building.


Because of their actions people now are looking into the lack of maintenance that contributed to the poor shape their administrative buildings that now exists. Let’s see if we ignore problems and let our own buildings fall down around our ears, then we'll have no choice other than to buy and build new. Why bother keeping up and repairing what we already own.


The Board of Education isn't suffering from a small needed repair any longer. Now things are completely and utterly broken. As with the new central office building they must have, we – the public – must have a restructuring of our school system. It's beyond repair now because too many of us didn't notice until it was too late that repairs have been needed for a very long time.


What is the need and purpose of newly announced Board of Education-scripted reality TV? Why not go for the semi-reality based meeting and work session TV?


By their own admission, they will censurer what comes in and how it comes in. "Be nice to us or we'll cut you off."


We don't need educating! We are not idiots; and we need, want, expect and now demand answers. Stop editing and let it happen. If one of the school board members is upset about "misinformation," speak to it during a public meeting that everyone is watching. Stop pre-scripting everyone.


I don't think it’s too much to ask of our Board of Education to have a meeting every week anyway. For the people elected to run our school system with a budget of half billion dollars to only meet twice a month says that the superintendent is given full carte blanche to do as she see fit, and the school board is nothing more than figure heads we pay with little or no power. If the superintendent is the secretary/treasurer of the school board why isn’t she voting also?


Stop the spin! Open the books, meetings, work sessions, and be completely transparent. If you have nothing to hide, then don't hide anything.


Below you will find links to articles that have appeared in the local media over the past several weeks. This first link, to an article by Paul Gordon in The Gazette, is important because of the history he shares.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Is an elected school board better than an appointed one?

Paul Gordon – The Gazette


Thursday, May 28, 2009

The arrogance of some school board members surprises even me

Gazette Editorial


Thursday, May 28, 2009

‘Norms' serve as satirical guidelines

Gazette Editorial


Thursday, May 28, 2009

School board plans summer ‘talk shows'

Frederick County Board of Education hopes to use television program to dispel rumors, explain decisions to community at large

Margarita Raycheva – Gazette Staff Writer


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tension brews between boards

Economic stress causes feud among county officials

Margarita Raycheva – Gazette Staff Writer


School board adopts modified redistricting plan

Originally published May 28, 2009

Marge Neal – Frederick News-Post Staff


Budget smackdown 2010

Originally published Frederick News-Post May 14, 2009

Elizabeth Marsh Cupino


Wrong answers

Originally published Frederick News-Post May 28, 2009

Elizabeth Marsh Cupino


School board out of touch - LTE

Originally published Frederick News-Post May 28, 2009

William Morrow, Emmitsburg


Only half the story - LTE

Originally published Frederick News-Post May 27, 2009

Bonnie Borsa

Chairwoman, Curriculum and Instruction Committee

Frederick County Board of Education


Multiplication tables essential - LTE

Originally published Frederick News-Post May 27, 2009

Jean McCauley, Middletown


TERC means extra work - LTE

Originally published Frederick News-Post May 24, 2009

Lois Lacey, Ijamsville


Normative BoE behavior gets an F - LTE

Originally published Frederick News-Post May 22, 2009

Joel Weiss, Thurmont


Hood student has questions of her own for Burgee interrogator - LTE

Originally published Frederick News-Post May 24, 2009

Kristin Hillers, New Market


School Notes — Off camera, school board members vote to go on camera

Originally published June 02, 2009

By Marge Neal Frederick News-Post Staff


Squirreling Away – Part 1

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Joan McIntyre


Squirreling Away – Part 2

Friday May 22, 2009

Joan McIntyre


Transparency needed on new BoE building — Part 1

Originally published February 25, 2009

Farrell Keough


Transparency needed on new BoE building — Part II

Originally published February 26, 2009

Farrell Keough


Part 1: Clarification of BoE central office project

Originally published March 17, 2009 Frederick News-Post

Jean Smith, President, and Bonnie Borsa, Vice President

Frederick County Board of Education


Part 2: Financing the BoE central office

Originally published March 18, 2009  Frederick News-Post

Jean Smith President, and Bonnie Borsa Vice President

Frederick County Board of Education


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The Morning News Express with Bob Miller
The Covert Letter

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