Facebook group rally set for Monday
by Michelle Babcock
July 05, 2013 12:26 AM | 5869 views | 7 7 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Post 1 School Board member Kelly Marlow spoke to about 40 people at her town hall meeting Wednesday night. <br> Staff/Joshua Sharpe
Post 1 School Board member Kelly Marlow spoke to about 40 people at her town hall meeting Wednesday night.
Staff/Joshua Sharpe
A Facebook group that started in response to school board member Kelly Marlow’s actions has planned a rally for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the BridgeMill pavilion.

The creator of Smart Citizens Rally Against Marlow, or SCRAM!, Christine Rea, said she wanted the rally to be a positive event.

SCRAM! formed after concerns arose about a complaint Marlow filed with the accrediting agency, SACS, in June, and a petition was created to urge Marlow to rescind her letter.

“We are going to try and incorporate a couple of folks speaking and mostly meeting and greeting like-minded individuals,” Rea said. “We want people to know that the event is something that’s going to be positive, we want to show support for our schools and students.”

Rea said as of Wednesday that parents, students and teachers are among those preparing to speak at the rally. As of press time, SCRAM! had amassed almost 1,500 members, and the online petition asking Marlow to rescind her SACS letter had more than 900 signatures.

Rea said that more than 160 people requested SCRAM! T-shirts to pick up at the rally, and said there would be about 30 extras available for purchase at the event for $10 each, and more than 100 requests for SCRAM! magnets were made on the group’s page as of Wednesday.

“We are trying at the moment to line up speakers; we will be passing out SCRAM! T-shirts that folks have ordered and we will be offering some light refreshments,” Rea said.

Rea said the event will be kid-friendly and there is a park near the pavilion where the rally will take place.

“For as many members as there are in the (SCRAM!) group, everyone has been so well-behaved,” Rea added about the online group discussion.

Rea said she is working on getting a statement from EmpowerED Cherokee, a nonprofit education advocacy organization for the rally.

Rea said she contacted BridgeMill staff about using the pavilion for the SCRAM! rally last Monday or Tuesday and announced the location after she got confirmation to use the pavilion. The BridgeMill park pavilion is adjacent to the pool at 1200 Bridge Mill Ave. in Canton.

Last Thursday, Marlow’s political consultant Robert Trim said that Marlow has planned another town hall meeting specifically for teachers, also at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at the Holly Springs Train Depot Community Center.
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CHS 2001 Grad
July 05, 2013
I feel like I've seen this movie before.
More Danny Math
July 05, 2013
More bad math from this group. Do you think the t-shirts were made for free? The first 160 were sold at cost. The extra 30 are being sold at 3.00 more, so maybe $90 (minus the costs of refreshments, post office box, etc). I don't think Ms. Rea can retire from the profits quite yet.
It's laughable
July 05, 2013
Your group's lack of knowledge of basic business legality is amusing. I'm sure the IRS will laugh too. Oh wait - they don't tend to laugh, they just audit.

Surely you've documented all these costs and outlays. The IRS is pretty thorough! Unless you're a non-profit charity, which I doubt.

By the way, Yellow is a fitting color for this crowd.
What a joke
July 05, 2013
160 people x $10/shirt == $1600. What will SCRAM be doing with this money? Has it declared itself to be a 501(c) non-profit or is Ms. Rea pocketing the proceeds?

The IRS will certainly be curious to know the answer. I look forward to discussing it with them on Monday.
July 05, 2013
A) All of the preordered shirts cost $6.50.

B) Shirts cost money. Just like schools.

C) The pavilion isn't free either.

D) I understand snacks are provided. Not free either.

E) There is a P.O. Box. It turns out that costs money, too.

F) What does it mean when two equal signs are used? Some dumb accusations are more equal than others?
Cherokee Parent
July 05, 2013
Shirts cost money. The pavilion costs money. The P.O. Box rental costs money. Money doesn't grow on trees.

I am SO excited to see a true grassroots organization spring up that truly has the best interests of Cherokee County School District students in mind. Can't wait to be at the SCRAM! rally on Monday.
SCRAM! rocks
July 05, 2013
The original cost for the shirts were $6.50. The few extra are being sold for $10. There is no profit made from these shirts - they are sold at cost. Do you think they get them for free? And I don't believe Ms. Rea is the one that came up with the idea. Do you not want to see folks in the same shirt or are you afraid of all the yellow?
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