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Letter to the Editor: Where is the accountability?


Editor:

I am not surprised by the outcome of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meeting. But for the board to move forward with yet another multimillion dollar project, after hearing the Shenandoah County School Superintendent say:

"Two public school boilers and two public school roofs need replacing, these are priorities."

Dr. B. Keith Rowland continues, "In all honesty, these needs are paramount. If one boiler breaks, there's no heat for that school."

One school board member said, "wet spots and mold growth inside the schools can cause a safety hazard."

When asked about the funds in the school's capital improvement plan budget, Rowland stated, "We haven't had one; it has been five years since the CIP budget has had any money in it. These are big, urgent items."

Rowland said to the county board, "if we can get support for that, it would be helpful."

Where is the accountability in this county among our "representatives?" After hearing these revelations from Rowland, who has been working on another multi-million dollar project the county cannot afford, our current schools have failing maintenance problems.

Shouldn't the school or county board be asking for his resignation? I guess not. That would mean the respective boards would have to fire themselves. That is, if we are to hold everyone accountable for the neglect of our current public schools - the schools our children attend everyday and we, until recently, thought were being properly maintained and safe for our children.

I wonder which school districts parents will get the call first saying, "I'm sorry, there will be no school today due to the failure of our heating system or our roof. Please stay by your phones for the very latest information regarding when your child will be able to return to a safe school. We are sorry that your child may fall behind in their studies."

Please call the Virginia Resources Authority with complaints, because your school superintendent and county representative's are too busy with their new $4.5 million renovation project, $100 million dollar luxury jail with major detail problems, and the old courthouse renovations.

Cindy Bailey, Woodstock


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To the point of CB's letter: she is right. More taxpayer money gone by our Board of Spenders while maintenance needs go neglected. Rowland is also complicit. Two years ago, at his urging, they bought land for future schools that may never be needed. They could have used that money for school repairs.

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Then where will the money come from when parents with kids sick from black mold start sueing the school district? Come on BOS - take care of what we have before spending and putting us more in debt, PLEASE!

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Just a few questions......When over 60 percent of the county budget goes to the school system, how can there be no capital improvement plan??

Why is it that just now a boiler problem is being brought forward? They don't work fine one day and then need replacing the next! The same goes for roofing.

Where is the elected school board's responsibility? The BOS only approves amounts, it's the school board that determines where the money is spent!

You are right, but the same goes for the school board as it does for the corrupt Board of Supervisors, very few ran with opposition this year. And the same ones even if they run opposed are voted in by the same ignorant voters. Research and at least turn in a blank ballot to send a message to the crooks.

What's even worse is we send 60% of the tax money to these idiots and over half of the county never had a student in the school system. So we neglect to take care of services for them because the remaining 40% goes to pay the BOS salaries, the administration staff and does not benefit the other 50% of the county.

The real problem is when the biggest employer in the county is the county. Even Holtzman and Georges cannot take that title away from this corrupt county.

Most of the county relies on a volunteer fire staff and the state takes care of the roads.

The only bright side is most of the Board of Supervisors as well as the school board are so old they will soon die off and maybe then we can get some new blood and hopefully blood that is not corrupt in both places.

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