Oust Marion Key - remember this!

Submitted by dorthea on Sat, 05/24/2008 - 10:49am.
She's been on the board for 12 years! Maybe she's tired of doing the real work that has to be done, or maybe she's afraid to attend this workshop. After all, it was the three rubber stamps who insisted on having a budget workshop to begin with.

Why don't you call the superintendent's office and ask why the April board retreat conflicted with Marion's plans to attend that Science Olympiad. The retreat was supposed to be in January as it has always been (and which all the other board members were available for), but she refused 9 proposed dates for reasons she claimed were personal. So the one date she said she could make, she didn't!

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Submitted by tc on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 9:56pm.

Get a life. Obviously we cannot consider anything you say about Marion Key to be objective or verifiable. Seems more than a little obsessive.

Submitted by glfrgurl on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 10:09pm.

Citizens are tired of all the drama-start fresh with a
new board. This group has been there too long and the personality
conflicts are showing. If you refuse 9 dates for a meeting then you're much too busy to be a school board member.

Submitted by CitizenBlogger on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 6:37pm.

When it came time to vote on the issue, board Chairman Terri Smith was not sure a vote needed to be taken since the board was not changing anything from the previous vote of setting the attendance lines.

But Smola said it would probably be a good idea, since she thought the public expected a vote on the issue. When the vote was initially taken, Smola, Smith and Lee Wright voted to uphold the current attendance line, while Marion Key abstained. Board member Bob Todd was not at the meeting.

But Smola wondered why Key was abstaining. “Do you have a financial or ethical reason for not voting? Don’t you want the people to know where you stand on the issue?” she said.

Key said that people knew where she stood, because she did not support the original attendance line proposal.

“So, you think these students should be allowed to stay where they are?” Smola said.

Key said she didn’t and would change her vote to a yes to allow for a unanimous vote.

Submitted by tc on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 11:09pm.

We can debate the details all day long. The truth of the matter is that how public officials act in public is a clue to how they behave when they are not in the limelight and when they are communicating to smaller groups. Unfortunately, there are some school board members who behave badly both in board meetings and in private. Just go to YouTube and type in Fayette County Board of Education. You'll see our board members in action. It is very illuminating.

Submitted by CitizenBlogger on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 6:32pm.

Submitted by cruiserman on Wed, 11/21/2007 - 7:30am.
During last year's middle school rezoning mess, Marion was proposing to scrap all the current lines for a massive rezoning. She said that we had been picking away at the problem for years and that we needed to do a comprehensive redrawing of the lines. Can't have it both ways or what is most expedient for the moment, Marion. Some of us are actually listening and have a memory.

Marion, be careful what you wish for

Submitted by CitizenBlogger on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 6:27pm.

This Debate Is So Predictable Post 2
Submitted by Fayette Resident on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 11:26am.
People have been singing the praises of Marion Key. Be careful what you praise. She is very predictable in her actions. She will approve the appointment of a committee to create boundaries, then in the eleventh hour be persuaded by a group of parents that the entire process is incorrect and people will start to sing her praises. Observe the redistricting lines when Whitewater High School was opened. Look at the lines going down Ebenezer Church Road toward Peachtree City. Could it be that she wanted her property to be the last property allowed into the new high school and removed from Fayette County?

FAYETTE COUNTY has a school system. PEACHTREE CITY does not. Every time redistricting becomes an issue, there are parents in Peachtree City who state “My realtor told me that I would always be attending this or that school.” That comment is not the fault of the School Board. It is the fault of the realtor.

Many people are asking “Why was Inman Elementary built when the schools are not even filled to capacity?” Do some homework. School planning must take place years in advance. My guess is that Inman Elementary was on the drawing board at least five years ago. No one can predict when the population of the county will begin to grow at a much slower pace. It was going to happen sooner or later that there would be an elementary school built that might not be needed at the time it opens. Think of the complaints that would come forth if the school board had not planned an elementary school and the population of Fayette County grew in double digits over the past 5 years. People would be asking them why they did not plan ahead

Submitted by CitizenBlogger on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 6:22pm.

How About Not Micromanaging the School System Marion
Submitted by sweetpolly on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:05pm.
You're a riot. Like you really care about our school system, you just like telling people what to do. How about you start by staying out of my office at the LEC. We're sick of you dropping in here to disrupt our day. You spend more time distracting us from our real work that you make Clayton County Board members look like child's play. And by the way Marion, the minute you leave my office I call the Superintendent......someone ought to know what you're up to

Submitted by CitizenBlogger on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 6:20pm.

You Think Marion Key Makes Your Life Miserable
Submitted by dorthea on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 1:56pm.
You should be at the school level. She treats McIntosh and Booth like her personal property! I'm so sick of listening to her lie and talk about people. Yeah LEC, I call the super too! God help you if Marion thinks you don't love her. You have to just keep agreeing with her or else. Help, someone save us! I work at Booth and she helps herself to whatever she wants. I'm pretty sure that's not what board members are supposed to do

Submitted by CitizenBlogger on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 6:16pm.

Perhaps you should attend a School Board Meeting
Submitted by sweetpolly on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 8:21am.
And maybe read the article more carefully....

The article says "Smola said, and Hartley agreed, that the policy is not needed because the issue is addressed in state law."

Marion Key and Bob Todd are the ones insisting policies exist just for the sake of having policies. It makes them feel powerful. You'd know that if you'd been there. You'd also know that the attorney stated that evening that NONE of the board members had ever conducted any such business.

Submitted by CitizenBlogger on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 6:12pm.

Submitted by sweetpolly on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 8:27am.
Completely alleviates overcrowding issues at Burch. There are no empty schools near Burch. As a matter of fact, there's even only 1 other school in reasonable proximity and it's Tyrone Elementary and there is no room there. But maybe Marion Key is the one you should be mad at.....she doesn't think Burch needs the relief that Rivers will provide.

Submitted by CitizenBlogger on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 6:06pm.

Submitted by NUK_1 on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 10:19am.
The school board is responsible for the vision and policies, not managing the day-to-day operations of the schools themselves. That's DeCotis' job, and I think he's much better at that function than any school board member is/would be. School board needs to stay out of the way and not fall into the Clayton co trap or what numerous councils/commissions have done to city/county staffs.

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