I recently read the letter published by the Baltimore Sun titled “Howard superintendent should resign amid redistricting fiasco” and have seen some of the comments on various social media channels. I have to say I am in total shock watching folks call for HCPSS Superintendent Michael Martirano to resign. I absolutely do not believe he should resign.

I understand the frustration felt by many in our county over this redistricting process. It is a difficult thing for many to go through. We are talking about our kids. I have even noted on this blog some of my concerns with this aspects of the proposed plan. But I do not believe Dr. Martirano resign because of  this proposal.

Now is your opportunity to let Dr. Martirano and the Howard County Board of Education know your concerns with this proposed plan:

Beginning August 21 and through 4:30 p.m. on November 19, the Board of Education will receive written testimony via USPS mail and email.

View information required for submitting written testimony via mail and email →

Any testimony received prior to this date will not be accepted. Additionally, testimony sent to individual Board members or to the general BOE email address will not be accepted.

Public meetings will be held soon:

All public hearings will be held at the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, with satellite rooms available for overflow.

Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m.
Families currently zoned for Centennial HS, Howard HS, Mt. Hebron HS, Oakland Mills HS

Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m.
Families currently zoned for Atholton HS, Hammond HS, Long Reach HS, Wilde Lake HS

Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m.
Families currently zoned for Glenelg HS, Marriotts Ridge HS, Reservoir HS, River Hill HS

The final HoCoBOE decision will be made on November 21st. I would expect many board members to go on vacation November 22nd…LOL.

I believe Dr. Martirano has done an excellent job since taking over as HCPSS Superintendent and I do not want him to go anywhere anytime soon. Things are so much better now than it used to be in many aspects with our school system (in my opinion).

We forget that under the past Superintendent that communication with parents and the public was not great…the stuff that happened with the Board of Education was at times silly (see video below):

I would suggest we all take a breath…participate fully in the process and I believe at the end we will all survive this process. It will not be easy…but we will all make it though it.

Scott E

12 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for your rational and reasoned post. Taking a breath is the best thing we can do, and then move forward.

  2. I disagree on the basis that I see the way he brought out this plan as very dishonest and sneaky. He is also working very hard to quell disagreement and even said in public statement he won’t listen to parents concern. I’m willing to keep an eye but this current action is not appropriate of a public paid position.

    • Sorry, but he is trying to do right for ALL Howard County children. He has never lied or been sneaky about anything and he never said that he wouldn’t listen to parental concerns. He said that he wouldn’t be swayed by groups of parents carrying signs, wearing group t-shirts and acting badly. This problem has been kicked down the alley since Dr. Cousins was ill and the BoEd was running the whole show. Foose just ignored and exacerbated the problems. There is no reason why trailers have become permanent fixtures at some of our schools while other schools are not at capacity. There is no reason that overcrowding should deny some children the right to a decent education and the services that they deserve. I give the man a lot of credit because he is willing to do the right thing, the hard thing….and not just for those children whose parents protest the loudest.

      • Sorry but your description of acting badly sounds like my description of the civil rights movements successes, how our predecessors achieved the right for women to vote and frankly the correct way for Americans to express themselves. Saying that if hundreds of people put together detailed thought on why the proposal is bad, he will ignore it, is pretty ignorant. What’s the alternative form of expression, backdoor lobbying? Lawyers? Exactly what approach is proper to explain to a public official that what he is doing is wrong? Are people wrong for protesting Trumps immigration policies? He says he is doing the right thing too, should he ignore everyone else who puts together organized input? Ridiculous.

      • @LisaM, if he was trying to do right for ALL Howard county children, why would his proposal be so controversial?? Because in the name of “equality,” he is forcing to bus kids in and out of neighborhoods. Sure, to solve the overcapacity issues at certain schools, busing is a necessary evil. But a big chunk of his plan is for re-balancing the FARMs enrollment (kids on free lunch meals), which would involve many kids forced to bus from under-enrolled schools as well! This is not right. It hurts ALL kids being bused because it denies them the time before and after school to socialize, and the time to get involved with extracurricular activities. The problem of concentrated poverty at some neighborhood is not a school issue. It is a zoning issue, and it is a issue that county councils should solve on their own. Instead, they kicked the problem to superintended and in the name of “desegregation,” to force busing onto 7000 kids, separate them from their neighborhood playmates, and saddle the county with more spending obligations (who do you think will have to pay for the busing cost and additional infrastructure spending associated with this busing plan?). Instead of spending money to force busing kids in and out of their current neighborhood, county, BOE and superintendent should work together to get the funding to the under performing schools. By the way, this year’s school budget has a huge funding gap that they are forced to cut teachers’ pay and hours. They STILL want to spend more to bus kids around the town??

  3. Doing the Right thing for ALL County children by Bussing them away from nearest school??? Still saying ” All schools in County are good” then why move the kids Makes no sense to me? it is one of the most “Diverse ” County.Why penalize people for their choices? controlling personal life of people Not Cool.

  4. This Superindent has the skill necessary to complete the redistricting. Everyone wants to win as a county we have the talent to collectively figure that out. It is complex.

  5. The proposed plan was designed to minimize the disparity between schools, but it failed to consider the more important thing: the students. Will the plan improve equality between students as individuals? No, most likely it will increase disparity problem within any school. The superficial change in the plan is a lazy move by the superintendent who doesn’t understand the real reasons behind the disparity. The plan might make schools looks even on paper, but doesn’t make any of our kids better students. Please, make some plans to actually help all our students to improve as individuals, more resources, better benefits for our teachers, effective schedules including better bus routes so students can have more time for study and sleep, and etc. you name it. Remember, good students make good schools, not the other way around.

  6. it is so obvious that he is sacrificing kids and families for the sake of his own political gains. any person who is willing to listen to parents would not propose that massive change for thousands of kids. BAD !!!

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