The Prince William County School Board is meeting tomorrow to consider whether to appeal the decision of the planning commission regarding adding an Elementary School to the site of Stonewall Middle School to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. Of course there’s hardly any advance notice for this meeting (as Virginia law would seem to require), nor much in the way for citizen input (as usual). It’s just the School Board driving ahead on their own. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.
I understand this attitude from Don “You Parents Need To Grow Up” Richardson, someone who apparently has no interest in being re-elected and has the political aptitude of a rotting fish. I’m just not sure if anyone else on the board wants to join him.
If the School Board appeals this to the Board of County Supervisors, which is a lot more sensitive to the political winds than the School Board has ever had the capacity to be, this proposal is DOA, not-gonna-happen, let’s watch the BOCS happily gobble up the political red meat kind of exercise. There’s no constituency for this inane proposal other than the School Board Staff, and plenty of constituency among the citizenry opposing it. Loudly opposing it, and bringing people together in united opposition that weren’t necessarily on great terms with each other until this flared up. But they’re coming together to oppose the School Board.
As usual, the School Board seems to take it’s public relations lead from Joseph Stalin, only without the deadly calls to massacre people’s families who oppose their will, but with the same heavy hand and not-so-delicate touch. They brand those who don’t agree with this plan as racists, incompetents, or just stupid parents who should defer to the wiser and more enlightened school system staff who can lead us into the glorious future, if only pesky proles like us would just get the heck out of the way. That kind of attitude is about as effective as trying to out out a fire with a flamethrower, and has so far engulfed the neighborhood in a firestorm of opposition that is so universal as to be remarkable.
Arnheim was easier for the Allies to capture. Adding an elementary school to the site of Stonewall Middle School is the political ‘bridge too far’ to seize for the School Board, and any effort to take it will exact a very heavy political price.
UPDATE: The meeting, it turns out is sort of a virtual one, with some sort of “straw poll” being the main agenda item. How this supposedly complies with Virginia’s open government laws hasn’t been explained, but it seems that despite the rushed and informal manner in which the School Board is moving forward they are. Well, if they want a fight, they’ll be going to the right place to get one.
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