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Families' voices get heard with hybrid school board [Letter]

I'm writing in response to an article that appeared in the Sept. 17 issue of the Towson Times titled "Two school board members share their vision."

The article states that Edward Gilliss and Lawrence Schmidt believe that the change of the Baltimore County School Board from all appointed positions to a hybrid board — some appointed and some elected — would create "the possibility of introducing politics into the board," as the article says. As far as I can tell, having school board members appointed by the governor is absolutely a political process, simply in a different way. At least with a hybrid board, the families of BCPS students and the greater community would have the chance to voice their opinion about who they believe should be making the decisions that affect them, rather than having the governor make those decisions for them.

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The fact that this movement toward a hybrid school board has even taken place is just another indication that many families and students are dissatisfied with the current situation. Many feel they are not being heard and they have little say in anything as the school board continues to plow ahead with their plans (or those of the superintendent) no matter what feedback they receive from families.

I don't think things will suddenly be perfect once elected members are on the board, but at least the community may finally have a chance of being heard by someone.

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Brenda Peiffer

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