After watching the school board openly defy the heretofore agreement reached between the superintendent and the commissioners to conduct a study to determine what schools could possibly be closed due to the declining enrollments, my immediate thought was-well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle-for that’s adding yet another bitter, drawn-out battle to be fought to the one already raging between them and the Planning Commission (PC) over updating the 2000 Master Plan. (At the pace it’s going at, it may match the 14 years it took for the Orioles to make it to the playoffs.)
As to who shall prevail in the debate over the closing of schools because of growing number of unfilled seats-the Commissioner Rothschild led-faction or the militant parents of schoolkids aligned with the school board-is up in the air.
But not very far up. For given parents go ballistic at the mere inkling of their kids lives being disrupted, were the schools they now attend on the potential hit list, it’s a safe bet that the BOC will finally yield to the unremitting pressure brought upon them to drop that “hot potato,” lest they be burned by it come election time, albeit that would have Rothschild frothing at the mouth and accusing those members who “threw in the towel” of gross incompetence, if not heresy.
Now, to surprise you, as well as myself, and believing-though I seldom practice it-that brevity is next to Godliness, I will simply close by offering this quote from an unknown author, which says, in my mind, all that needs to be said in a nut shell about any school system:
”The teachers are afraid of the principal; the principal is afraid of the superintendent; the superintendent is afraid of the school board; the school board is afraid of the parents; the parents are afraid of the kids; and, the kids are afraid of no one.”