I have been a parent in Cherokee since 1990 and have had a child in a public school somewhere in the county ever since. I’ve experienced the good, the bad and, recently, the ugly.
I had a child in ninth and 11th grades when Dr. Petruzielo was hired and another one who had yet to start school. Our county had some educational issues and Dr. P was hired to “clean things up.”
Times changed. Over a decade later we have new serious problems. Every year the budget gets worse. The board cuts, and cuts more. Many of the educational benefits my older children received are no longer available. We have furlough days which our children are not educated. The BOE is talking about outsourcing non-certified employees, leaving many unemployed or without insurance.
Our school budget is in crisis no different than our federal government. Citizens and legislators are reviewing and questioning expenses to find the unnecessary expenses.
We have a new school board member who is trying to find those expenses in past CCSD budgets. She is doing this to restore our county’s education to what it once was — a full school year, no furlough days.
It is the very people (just a few but very loud ones) that she is trying to help that insult her. Dr. Petruzielo is setting the example of no respect, which his beloved followers (and employees) imitate.
What is wrong with asking questions? Why is it wrong to know why one expense is more important than one furlough day? I along with many others would love to know the answers.
Is Dr. P. angry that Cherokee Charter has opened and successfully educates students, so angry that he cannot control himself and listen to someone with a different opinion?
Dr. Petruzielo did the job he came here to do. If he is not able to respect other opinions and honestly look at options other than cutting salaries or jobs, it is time to cut his job.
Eliminating things like his car allowance will add up and restore our school year. We used his strengths and now we need new strengths. As parents, we have listened to him for years and are getting nowhere.
Thank you Kelly Marlow for standing up for the children of Cherokee. With your help we will find the funds to restore a full year of education.