Tonight the Prince William County Planning Commission unanimously rejected a plan by the Prince William County School Board to co-locate a new elementary school on the grounds of Stonewall Middle School. The School System has ten days to appeal to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, which they are quite likely to do, and which will result in a backlash by local residents against their elected School Board representatives that hasn’t been seen before. Folks are angry that the School Board gave them pretty much no advance notice of this phenomenally dumb idea, little opportunity to weigh in before them, and had to depend on the planning commission to hear them out and make a sane decision. If the School Board fights this, it’s another declaration of war upon the voters by the elected officials supposedly representing them.
Nothing demonstrated that level of hubris and disdain for the citizens better than the performance of the School Board’s representative Mr. Hampshire this evening. Smugly calling residents liars, and deliberately mischaracterizing their objections alternatively as racism, demonstrations of incompetence, or simply responding with outright falsehoods, this sorry excuse for a public servant was the very epitome of the kind of disdain for the citizenry that School Board members such as Don Richardson have become legendary for. Time and again residents attending tonight’s hearing broke out in laughter as the Hampshire tried to peddle outright lies to the planning commission, or stood in stony silence as they took yet another insult on their characters for having the temerity of disagreeing with “their betters.”
Yeah, go ahead Prince William County School Board, just go ahead and try to appeal this to the Board of Supervisors. You want a fight, you came to the right place, and Don Richardson is target number one for the electoral retribution that is most certainly on the way. There’s more of that if you want it.
I am utterly disgusted with the antics of our school system. Outside of the teachers and front-line administrators who we always have good working relationships with, and a few Board members who actually seem to do more than warm a seat or use it to attack parents, the organization is fundamentally broken, in a continuous state of war against the people it is supposed to serve, and festering with an attitude of entitlement and superiority that is absolutely sickening. Reform doesn’t begin to describe the fundamental demolition and complete reconstruction that is needed here.
If the school system keeps this up, I’m sure I’m not going to be the only person who feels this way. Animals learn not to defecate where they get their food a whole lot faster than the Prince William County School Board. That lesson still seems to escape them.
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