Saturday, November 1, 2014, Carroll County Times, Isabel DeFeo
For candidates, actions speak louder than words [Letter]
Friday, October 31, 2014, Carroll County Times, Bob Lord
A vision to help students at all levels [Letter]
Thursday, October 30, 2014, Carroll County Times, Jim Doolan, Jennifer Seidel – Carroll County Board of Education
Vote to keep Carroll schools strong for students [Letter]
Thursday, October 30, 2014, Carroll County Times, Mary Carrier
Support Lord in board of education race [Letter]
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Carroll County Times, Editorial
Our picks in county races [Editorial]
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Krishana Davis, Times Staff Writer
Bob Lord, Board of Education Candidate
Thursday, October 23, 2014, Carroll County Times, John D. Witiak
Group poised to put Carroll back on track
Monday, October 20, 2014, Carroll County Times, MaryAnn H. Gregory
Cast your vote for change in Carroll
Sunday, October 19, 2014, Carroll County Times, Cindy Lord
Support Lord in school board race
Sunday, October 19, 2014, Carroll County Times, Pat Perkins
Your vote should reflect your values
Saturday, October 18, 2014, Carroll County Times, John Corona
Schools need to improve on preparing students
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Carroll County Times, John Culleton
Plenty up for grabs in election
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Carroll County Times, Isabel DeFeo
Support offered to pair of candidates
September 16, 2014, Carroll County Times
Lord and Rothschild receive endorsements
August 7, 2014, Carroll County Times
Saturday, May 17, 2014, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Board of Education candidates weigh in on capital projects
Friday, May 16, 2014, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Board of Education candidates weigh in on Carroll County Public School fund balance
Thursday, May 15, 2014, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Candidates for Board of Education discuss teacher salaries
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Carroll Board of Education candidates discuss students’ roles as global citizens
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Carroll County Board of Education candidates discuss how to inform parents about Common Core
Monday, May 12, 2014, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Common Core concerns: Carroll Board of Education candidates talk school standards
Sunday, May 11, 2014, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Board of Education candidates respond to facilities report recommendations
Sunday, May 11, 2014, Carroll County Times, Bob Lord
Quality education for all children
Saturday, May 4, 2013, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Carroll County Education Association invites community to its march for quality schools
May 7, 2013, The Baltimore Sun, Blair Ames
Carroll residents lobby for education, nonprofit funding
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Carroll County Times, Christian Alexandersen
Education funding tops discussion at public hearing on county budget
August 29, 2013, The Baltimore Sun, Blair Ames
President will not seek third term on school board in Carroll County
September 10, 2013, The Baltimore Sun, Blair Ames
Carroll parents to host Common Core forum
Sunday, September 15, 2013, Carroll County Times, Alisha George
Carroll County forum to cover Common Core, PARCC assessments
March 5 2013, Bob Lord’s speech, Commissioner’s education forum
Two years ago, I retired from a career of 26 years to become a stay at home dad, open a small business here in Carroll County and become involved with something we value the most:
Our children’s education.
We volunteer extensively in the public school system. We are Parent Guides and members of the Education That is Multicultural Council and the Community Advisory Council. We are our PTA’s Political Liaisons. We are members of Carroll Values Education.
Over the last few years, we became increasingly aware of our school system’s budget issues. I dedicated many hours to understanding the problems and proposed solutions.
I have discussed this with Superintendent Guthrie and his staff, most of the school board, and most of the Commissioners to get their perspectives. I have attended many meetings and forums related to education.
I attended six of seven of Commissioners Howard & Shoemaker’s “Around the County in 80 Minutes” presentations and most Superintendent Guthrie’s Education forums. I didn’t go because I wanted to hear the same speeches over and over again. I went because I wanted to hear the views of parents, businesses and retired citizens throughout the county.
The consensus is that people live here because of our public education system and prefer to fund education over tax cuts.
The public school system is the foundation of this county. It is a major reason that Carroll County is a great place to live, a great place to work and a great place to play.
We value our quality public education system.
The Board of Education, Superintendent Guthrie and his staff have been responsible stewards of our tax dollars. Over the past four years, they have trimmed over $20M, cut 155 full time positions, and removed 40 buses from their budget. Over that time frame, inflation has risen over 7%. There have been ever increasing state mandates, technology demands and reduced state funding. They have managed all this without affecting the Quality of our children’s education.
We think a modest 1% increase to the budget is reasonable.
I have heard the commissioners suggest closing schools, disagree with common core and other state mandates. I would prefer to leave those decisions to our publicly elected school board, the Superintendent’s office and to the educators that live this day in and day out, yet are still willing to listen to input from parents and community members.
I don’t appreciate our children being used as political pawns and held hostage over some of our commissioner’s political views.
I leave with a quote from Commissioner Rothschild that has inspired me to be here today.
“Bad things happen in government because we let them.”
I agree with his statement. I disagree on what those bad things could be.
Thank you for this opportunity to speak and allowing the public to share their views.
We support the modest 1% increase to the budget that Superintendent Guthrie has publicly requested.