Residents react to vote on Marlow ethics hearing
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Many concerned teachers and school District 1 residents who are members of Smart Citizens Rally Against Marlow wore yellow SCRAM! T-shirts to Wednesday's meeting at Cherokee High School. <br> Staff/Todd Hull
Many concerned teachers and school District 1 residents who are members of Smart Citizens Rally Against Marlow wore yellow SCRAM! T-shirts to Wednesday's meeting at Cherokee High School.
Staff/Todd Hull
By Joshua Sharpe

CANTON — Cherokee School Board Member Kelly Marlow’s political consultant Robert Trim declined to comment Wednesday night after watching his client vote in favor of holding an ethics hearing on her own actions.

Other residents, though, had plenty to say on the news and the polarized climate at the School Board meeting Wednesday night.

“This is the most absurd thing I’ve ever seen,” said Neva Lent, who said she supports Marlow and her questions about transparency in the school district. “It is critical that there is transparency.”

Lent said she has been particularly taken aback by the recent formation of Smart Citizens Rally Against Marlow, a group that has more than a few members who are teachers in the school district. Members of the group poured into the auditorium at Cherokee High School for the meeting Wednesday, making themselves known by their bright yellow T-shirts, which read “SCRAM!”

“I’ve never seen a group of teachers get away with this kind of intimidation on one person,” Lent said. “We have a lynch mob out here.”

SCRAM! supporter and Cherokee resident Carol Griffin, though, said the fight against Marlow and her letter to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an accreditation agency, calling for an investigation of the district is just and warranted.

“She violated ethics, and they’re going to censure her,” Griffin said.

Griffin added that it was a “conflict of interest” for Marlow to be allowed to participate in the vote on her own ethics hearing.

“She shouldn’t have been allowed to vote,” Griffin said. “I’m glad she’s so confident.”

Chris Mann was more direct.

“I think that (vote) just shows the idiocy of one person on that board,” Mann said.

But Kara Martin, a Marlow supporter, said it was “commendable” for Marlow to vote for her own ethics hearing “to clear her name.”

Martin said the situation playing out in Cherokee County over the schools and Marlow’s actions as a member of the board is “disappointing.”

“It’s not even about the issue anymore,” Martin said.

All the fighting and mud-slinging, Martin said, is only serving to make Cherokee County look bad.

“We’re turning people away” from our county, Martin said.

Michelle Travis, though, said she has children in the school district and Marlow’s actions need to be addressed for the sake of all children in the county.

“I was very pleased (with the vote),” Travis said. “That was something needed to be addressed.”

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buzz off
August 01, 2013
In reference to the picture of the SCRAM members you published, I wonder where they could get that many XXLG yellow T shirts. Mrs. Obama needs to come down to Cherokee and speak on healthy diets.
Little Blue Dot
July 25, 2013
If only some people were as concerned about FACTS instead of the rampant idiocy they allow to flow out of their mouths...if only!
If only...
July 25, 2013
If only teachers were as concerned about our dismal 72% HS graduation rate as they are about Facebooking and lynch mobbing.

If only.
July 25, 2013
Do you teach? Have you ever set foot in a classroom for linger than 5 minutes? I have. I teach in this county and the pressure to have your students perform and graduate in 4 years is great. We are penalized if students with special needs take an extra 6 months or a year to graduate. Those students that take that extra year to get it together or drop out then decide they do want a diploma not a GED count against us. They graduate, not in four years, but they graduate, however they don't count and they should. As a teacher I get 55 minutes a day with 30 kids in a class. I'm mom, dad, counselor, life coach, and I'm supposed to teach them a curriculum that unless they're College bound, most don't see the point of. This county needs to seriously consider where it would be without public education before it runs public education into the ground.
Here we go again...
July 26, 2013
Why does all the responsibility fall on the teachers? Don't the students have some ownership in not graduating on time? So if you have a kid who just decides not to put the effort in, should the teacher pass them along? What about the kid who constantly cuts class? Is that also the teacher's fault?

A 17 and 18 yr old teenager is ultimately responsible for the choices they make. Some students make very bad decisions. The people I know who continually make their kids out to be the the victim vs. making their kids take responsiblity and ownership for their actions, end up with an adult who can't stand on their own two feet in the real world.
July 25, 2013
Christine Rea, the leader of SCRAM and former superintendent-hating, charter advocate has a personal vendetta against Marlow. Rea's actions have absolutely nothing to do with Cherokee County's students and are instead a product of Rea's own personal anger at Marlow, as the two used to be close friends.

Rea is merely kowtowing to the District teachers that she happily turned her back on back when she hated the district and embraced the charter movement.

The woman is a phony.
July 25, 2013
the tea party is the American taliban
bo duke
July 26, 2013
Your a nut!!!! Woodstockperson
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