The Beaufort County Board of Education has a history of members threatening each other, confrontational meetings, one member calling law enforcement on another member at a board meeting, even finding a dead rat on a board member’s doorstep.
It has been called “the worst school board in 20 years.”
There is, and has been, a total lack of leadership in this board.
Yet, we still expect our students to behave in a respectful manner when the school board has become a group that now needs retreats and counseling, at taxpayer expense, to be able to “get along”? This board is hardly a role model for our students to follow.
Impeachment and legal removal of these members is a difficult, time-consuming, and arduous process, but it is still viable, if necessary.
A better alternative for their removal is the 2018 election, when seven of the 11 seats will be filled. Unfortunately, I cannot run since my District 11 board representative’s term runs to 2020.
I urge and implore the Beaufort County residents to vote all incumbents out of office this year.
As far as the April school bond referendum of $217 million, that’s a no-brainer. How can we trust the judgment of this cabal to put forth a fair and comprehensive school referendum? That’s a big “no” vote also until we get a new board whom we can trust and who desire to serve with transparency, leadership, and good will.
Robert J. Blok
Hilton Head Island
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