To the editor:
Many residents packed our recent Scotland County Board of Education meeting on March 10, with standing room only. Two concerned citizens were chosen to speak and the board appeared to be listening, but moved forward with the superintendent process without appointing a representative to fill the vacated seat of Duke Williams. We would have been greater pleased if the appointment would have been made sooner to allow our voices to be heard in the selection of our new superintendent. The deadline is coming and we want to be sure the board hears us well: The people’s choice is Robert Malloy.
We observe closely the performance and behaviors of those who represent us on our school board. Unfortunately, there appears to be a growing pattern of ignoring the needs of a particular population of Scotland County residents. The behaviors that have been displayed by our board is that there is an unwritten, unknown criteria often used when making decision. When a previous board member’s position was vacant due to the untimely expiration of James Underwood this behavior was observed strongly in selecting his replacement. While we respect who was selected as his replacement, many question if this unwritten, unknown criteria was used, especially when there were two other candidates, both veteran educators and representatives of the community and in touch with the needs of students Mr. Underwood served.
School board chairman Charles Brown said the board was looking for someone familiar with the Scotland County community and our school systems, who has knowledge of this county’s social and economic needs and the ability to work well with others. The board, he said, is looking for somebody who does not come with their own agenda but comes with an open mind to work with the present board members. Who better fits this description than Robert Malloy? He has been committed to our community, earned the respect of its citizens and is certainly grounded with knowledge of our needs. He has proven his ability to serve and speak to the needs all residents of the community, as he did it for more than 18 years as our police chief.
Be it known that we fully recommend and support retired police chief Robert Malloy for the seat vacated by Duke Williams on the Scotland County school board. We look forward to our voices being heard!
Scotland County Civic League