Marlow not right fit for school board job
July 16, 2013 11:18 PM | 2023 views | 4 4 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print

My wife and I have lived in Cherokee County for over 12 years. One of our kids graduated from Woodstock High School, and attends Georgia Tech with a 4.0 as M.E. major, while our other child is a strong student at Freedom Middle School.

The math and science program in our community is a strong program, especially for AP students. The Georgia Tech students from Cherokee County from the class of ’12 at Georgia Tech had about 50 percent with a 4.0 GPA. Bottom line, one cannot argue that the school system has shown tremendous improvement under Dr. P, going from a troubled district to one of the top systems in the state.

With that said, I do think the system needs to improve in some areas such as increasing vocational opportunities, internship/co-op opportunities coordinated with business community and online education coordinated with home-school students.

I have always tried to work within the system, and I have found most of the board members receptive to improving the system. In fact, I think the Chairman Janet Read has been a driving force on a board level, pushing for new positive programs like the academy, expanding on line education, and opening up vocational opportunities.

I know Kelly and thought she could do a good job adding a balanced voice to the community. The problem is she does not understand the proper role nor temperament of a board member:

1) The job is to do what is best for the community via our school system. Obviously putting our accreditation at risk over a personal vendetta is not proper behavior for a responsible board member.

2) Board members’ private or public job is oversight of the process, direction and budget. A board member job is not to manage or direct day-to-day operations. Once again, Kelly stepped over the line by bypassing the management structure, and going directly to employees with management type request. This behavior would not be tolerated in the private nor public sector, for obvious reasons of disrupting day-to-day management.

3) Finally, instead of bringing up issues in a constructive manner, she focused on spewing vile, baseless remarks over focusing on core issues, and working on solutions. Obviously, questioning the process and budget is the job of a board member, yet Mrs. Marlow made the job about her/politics, not improving our schools.

Kelly Marlow’s overall behavior as an elected school board member calls for a resignation. Her elected job is to make sure we protect our schools system first for the community.

Kelly at this point, is hurting the foundation of what her job is as a member of the school board. Kelly, please resign.

John Konop


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July 18, 2013
I'm in Post 1 and unfortunately I have to agree. She's not helping the kids or us. She's hurting all of us.
It's Pointless
July 16, 2013
What the NO crowd doesn't want to acknowledge is that they know it's completely pointless for Marlow to bring up anything in a 'constructive manner'. It's pointless for her to be polite to the superintendent or his lackey Janet Read.

Frankie P hates Marlow and other charter school parents. This is a well-known fact. Janet Read hates Marlow. This is also a well-known fact.

Fact is, all the NO crowd hates Marlow because they're sore losers...sore at the fact that their anti-charter school stance the polls both in the county and across the state.

I don't condone some of Marlow's behavior but let's not kid ourselves that it ever mattered how she presented herself. She and charter school parents and children are absolutely hated by the district and its teachers....and this hatred comes straight from the top: the spiteful superintendent, Frankie Petruzielo. It's sad how these teachers blindly swallow everything this hateful little man spews, even as some 60% of the county is in disagreement with his charter hatred. It's a poor reflection of these teachers' inability to think for themselves.

Marlow never stood a chance to make any inroads with this pack of entitled sore losers and it's naive to think otherwise. She's been thoroughly hated by the superintendent since day 1.
July 19, 2013
So, you think it was right for Ms. Marlow to be involved in a false report of an apparent hit and run? What's wrong with you? It does matter how she presents herself. You seem to be the one with the hatred problem. If you are truly following what is happening with the charter amendment, you would know that it is not exactly what the "Yes" voters had anticipated. I hope things get better for you!
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