I really don’t get it. Last fall, Kelly Marlow was elected as a school board member and entrusted to provide responsible representation for her constituents.
When she saw that the most current audit report (year ending June 30, 2011) was approximately six months late getting to the school board for review and that the letter from the state to Dr. Petruzielo showed “findings and improper or questioned costs,” she assembled a team of volunteer CPAs to help her review the budget in her own effort to understand.
After all, she does have a responsibility to her constituents and she was acting in good faith.
Proverbs 15:22: “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
These are responsible actions that reflect wisdom and caring about the people that she represents.
This team created a series of questions that Kelly took back to the school board with a request for answers. Despite her numerous requests for dialog, a meeting and other ways to have these questions answered, she has been put on ignore, and the questions remain unanswered.
As a cry for help, Kelly did make her request for an investigation by SACS, stating that the school board was unable to govern itself.
Why isn’t there an outcry for answers regarding the improper or questioned costs? Why weren’t the questions answered? Kelly never alleged this, but is there something that is being hidden?
The vilification that has resulted of Ms. Marlow is sickening. I admire her for her courage and her public service. Something is terribly wrong with Cherokee County’s school board, and the citizens of Cherokee need an answer.