With every board meeting since her inauguration, there has been an escalating rancor directed by School Board member Kelly Marlow toward Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo.
She appears to have a seething disdain for Petruzielo personally. I can’t nail down exactly what the source of her rage is.
It could be that Petruzielo has not shirked from debate and discourse. It could be that he has a long history of facing off against moneyed interests, most recently out-of-state charter school companies. It could be that time and again he has vigorously defended the teachers and students of Cherokee County.
Regardless of the source of her anger, you can see it shine through in Marlow’s mistaken jab at Petruzielo that he was “out of order.”
Two meetings in a row, Marlow has asked angry questions that she did not understand. Then, when the answer she received was not what she sought, she lashed out.
Two meetings in a row, Marlow was presented with the real challenges that the School Board faces, particularly with regards to funding. These challenges were productively and collaboratively discussed in the work session prior to the actual board meeting.
And at both board meetings, once the cameras were turned on, Marlow’s every action has been to try and paint the superintendent and other stewards of the School District’s resources as wasteful and corrupt.
Two meetings in a row, Marlow has asked questions to which she should have known the answer. Both meetings, she was reminded that the question that she asked was covered in her training. The questions were examples of blind rage. By blind, I mean uninformed.
The rage speaks for itself. Marlow summed up the entire problem when she declared mid-tantrum: “I don’t even know what my role is.”
If you would like to watch the board meeting to see for yourself, there is a link to the video at cherokee.k12 .ga.us/board/meetings.