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.
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.