These are photos (above) I put on social media on July 17th. The point of this was to show how local county Board of Education members are interacting with the public.
Howard County has the HIGHEST vaccination rates in the state of Maryland and some of the lowest COVID-19 rates and yet there are Board members that seem to have no interest in returning to public service (at least not in person with the public).
The most telling point for residents is to watch the discussion from HoCoBOE members on July 15th regarding “Annual Review of BOE Protocols for Remote Participation (BOE) – ACTION” (1:27:20 mark of the meeting: https://hcpsstv.new.swagit.com/videos/129120)
Elected officials that just recently asked for your support, your money and made a number of promises that now seem to have a significant interest in serving the public from home via Zoom and not in person as was the job they chose to run for not long ago.
Another telling point was this…the new Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Peter Banyas was sworn in on July 15th. It was nice to see a majority of Board members in attendance. To me it was telling on a number of fronts about the members not there in person.
I understood everything that happened during the peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic. No question this pandemic is not over yet. But the question is how long do elected officials in Howard County get to stay home and serve the public (not just the BOE…but also the County Council) while many if not most of us are retuning to offices? How long do we wait to see them in person again? How long before they begin to return things to normal operations…the jobs they chose to run for in order to serve in the county?
In other jurisdictions elected officials are returning to serve their residents in person (see the photos above or this video of the Carroll County Board of Education meeting on July 14th). Is it not time for elected officials in Howard County to do the same?
I get that some will agree with me…and others will not (I saw that on social media yesterday)...if you have thoughts or comments…feel free to weigh in here on the blog or on social media.