After a discussion during closed session, no less, the Prince William County School Board decided to withdraw their appeal of the planning commission’s rejection of their attempt to locate an elementary school on the site of Stonewall Middle School. Board member Don Richardson and Superintendent Steve Walts in particular didn’t seem upbeat at all as they entered the board chambers after that meeting and Richardson had to explain (in a fashion) that they’re pulling back. Plenty in the audience this evening clearly were, though.
This episode ranks right up there as one of the most poorly mishandled initiatives the School Board has ever engaged in. They’ve really upset a lot of people, demonstrated a tin political ear that is certain to draw opponents in the next elections, and have a wide swath of newly political constituents on hair-trigger alert for the next shenanigan that is certain to come down the pike. If manufacturing enemies was an art form, these folks are becoming masters.
I daresay these folks intend to make the current approval ratings of Congress look appealing. One more of these episodes, and they’ll be in contention.
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