Re: [howardpubliced] response from County Executive
- I was certainly put in my place as he didn't feel a need to talk to me, just send a flunky
Sue MedicusOn Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 7:59 PM, The Sola's <pmbsola@...> wrote:
So I wonder who he is talking to?? Not me!!!
The board has played the I know the County Exc. and you do not. If he is concerned then lets make this a true transparent issue. Hold a town meeting in the evening or Sat in the PM and lets talk about it.
I received the enclosed response from the County Executive's office (not from him, of course) regarding my query regarding the Board of Ed situation.
I am also enclosing my response.
On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM, Nitkin, David <dnitkin@...> wrote:
Dear Ms. Medicus: Thank you for your message to County Executive Ulman. The executive has reviewed it and asked me to respond on his behalf. Executive Ulman remains concerned about the current structure of the Board of Education for several reasons. He is primarily concerned about a lack of geographic and racial/ethnic diversity. His is also concerned about the board’s ability to work together, and how the friction there will impact the nascent search for a new superintendent. The latter concern was not the motivating factor in his endorsement of changes to the current school board election structure. He believes the changes are in the best interest of all citizens of Howard County, and will result in a more diverse, responsive and responsible board. Sincerely, David NitkinDirector of Policy and Legislative AffairsOffice of the Howard County Executivedesk: 410-313-2170mobile: 443-610-5044
Gosh, Thank Executive Ulman for his very personalized response. I reallize that he has an extremely busy schedule and therefore would be unable to answer me personally. I clearly don't require nor would I ever be so naive as to expect or deserve a direct response from him.
I am certain that in his infinite wisdom he will show how much better a judge of character he is than the voters of Howard County and I am quite certain that he will be able to hand pick individuals that will do his will as members of the Board and of course then all of the Board of Education members will get along.
I feel so much better now!
Suzann D Medicus
Howard County Resident for 25 years
- I just received an answer to my e-mail, and like Sue, it was from David Nitkin on behalf of Ken Ulman. He said that Mr. Ulman would like to see Columbia and Elkridge to be represented on the BOE. He also said he would like to see Asian-Americans and African-Americans represented, but he does not consider this racial profiling and does not appreciate me calling it that. He said that like me, he would like to see special needs students represented on the board of ed. He said we need to agree to disagree.1. Columbia residents represent 35% of Howard County by population. If they want representation, they should vote for it. Perhaps they already have. Do we have any reason to believe they haven't? Oh yeah, because no one with the right skin color is on the BOE according to Ulman.2. Why do Columbia and Elkridge need representation but not Laurel? Why special ed but not GT? Why Asian and African- Americans but not Latinos or Irish Catholics? Where is the line drawn?3. I guess he thinks this is the end of the issue. I hope tonight will show him otherwise.BTW, I have heard from Delegate Gail Bates and Delegate Warren Miller who both oppose the bill and said they will not vote for it.Rose