History does repeat itself. Several months ago, a local minister wrote that members of our school board do not ask the superintendent probing questions. Well, we have an interim superintendent …
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History does repeat itself. Several months ago, a local minister wrote that members of our school board do not ask the superintendent probing questions. Well, we have an interim superintendent promoting a scheme that will affect our community for years, without being challenged by the board. Dr. Hamm has no invested interest in Sumter. She will create a crisis and then retreat to Columbia. Discerning minds know that the magnet school dressing is just a ploy to soften the stigma of closing these three rural schools. The recent haste to closing schools is not about magnet schools but to get a vote before the November election, when the two appointed board positions will become elected positions. She, board member Hilton and the maverick Chamber member realize that they may not have the votes to approve the scheme if they waited. So the strategy is to fast forward the process when the pendulum is swinging in their favor. They know that the two appointed board members will vote for the closings because they are not elected/accountable. Dr. Hamm's motive is not to protect a new superintendent. If this is her primary concern, a vote could wait until January 2019 and allow a fully elected board vote on an issue of this magnitude. This would still allow her to take the heat on the issue for six or seven months before the new superintendent. So, Dr. Hamm, please stop playing the cards of the covert few who are pushing your money over students agenda.
MRS. JUSTIN CURETON