City schools CEO must be totally clueless

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises has again failed to meet requirements to ensure that Baltimore schools were fit to be occupied for the 2018-2019 school year (“Gov. Hogan blasts Baltimore schools CEO, says she broke commitments on air conditioning,” Sept. 5). Gov Larry Hogan rightfully blasted her incompetence by referencing the transcripts of past Board of Public Works meetings that “pointed to assurance by [Ms.] Santelises that the $6 million project to cool the seven schools would be finished in time for the 2017-2018 school year.”

Now we are into the 2018-2019 school year, and the schools are still being closed early due to lack of air conditioning. Ms. Santelises responded with a May memo that some schools’ timelines needed an adjustment. The timeline adjustment was obviously the result of poor planning and total lack of proper program management and looking at all requirements to complete the project. This seems to be an ongoing problem in Baltimore planning.

According to comments by city school system’s retired chief operating officer, Keith Scroggins, to the board in 2017, the work at the seven schools had been completed. Does anybody in Baltimore have a clue as to what is going on? And they want to take over the police department? Good Lord! Now, Ben Jealous wants Governor Hogan to personally come to Baltimore, determine the solutions himself and run it himself after “pulling people together” to solve the problems.

Isn’t that the responsibility of Mayor Catherine Pugh? By the way, where is the mayor in this current problem under her command? Very quiet. The city received the money and failed to solve the problem. Same old story.

Come on, Ms. Santelises, get it together, complete the job or get out of the way and let someone more competent take over. Based on Mr. Jealous’ opinion, this is beyond your and the mayor’s management abilities. Obviously, Mr. Jealous thinks very highly of Mr. Hogan’s managerial expertise.

Stas Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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