Sun Editorial Was Wrong on School FundingI am writing this...


May 29, 1994

Sun Editorial Was Wrong on School Funding

I am writing this letter in response to an editorial in your paper on Jan. 25, entitled "Biting the Bullet on New Schools," and your initial statement, "There is no question about the need for the proposed Oklahoma Road Middle School. Overcrowding is severe at Sykesville Middle; its enrollment of 1,000 exceeds capacity by more than 200 students. Given the continued growth in South Carroll, the situation will only worsen." This portion of the editorial was accurate.

You mention that the county was having very little success in appealing this project to the state's Interagency Committee on School Construction. You further stated that during the appeal before the Board of Public Works, the Carroll County delegation only had a short period of time to make its presentation due to Gov. William Donald Schaefer's premature ending of the meeting because of severe cold weather. . . . The editorial further stated: "Even if the Carroll officials had been able to make a complete presentation, the result likely would have been the same. No state money will be set aside this year for the middle school."

I have waited four months to write this letter pertaining to the Oklahoma Road Middle School. We were able to convince the governor and the state Interagency Committee to grant approval for this very important project for south Carroll County. In addition, the state reimbursed Carroll County $2,500 for an earlier school project. This, of course, was unexpected funding.

These funds, with the state approval, will allow Carroll County to proceed on schedule for the construction of the new Oklahoma Road Middle School. The fact that actual funding was not granted this year is, in my opinion, a plus for Carroll County. At this point, the state plans approval for a school to hold 400 students. We in Carroll County believe a need exists for, and will build, a school for 800 students. By next year, I am positive the anticipated student enrollment will increase. . . .

So, in spite of the conclusion reached by The Sun . . . we were successful.

Richard N. Dixon

New Windsor

The writer is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 5A.

Bank Suit

On May 6, The Sun for Carroll County printed an article regarding the lawsuit I filed on Dec. 29, 1993, against Carroll County Bank, in which I charged the bank with sex discrimination and violation of the Equal Pay Act. On April 28, judgment in my favor and against the bank was entered by Judge Frederic Smalkin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, in Baltimore.

In the article, Gerald Alsentzer, an official of the bank, was quoted as saying, "This part of the federal court rules [Rule 68] says the defendant's [the bank's] counsel has to make an offer. . . ." This statement is completely false. No federal court rule requires a defendant to offer judgment against itself. . . .

The bank can attempt to put any kind of spin or interpretation on the outcome of this lawsuit that it pleases. However, the indisputable, undeniable, incontrovertible facts are that on:

* Dec. 29, 1993, I filed a complaint in federal court alleging that I had been subjected to sex discrimination in violation of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

* April 21, the bank offered to "allow judgment to be taken against defendant [bank] on plaintiff Barbara Floyd Pease's claims . . ."

* April 28, Judge Smalkin entered judgment "in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant . . ."

Barbara Floyd Pease

Severna Park

Special Olympics

I had the pleasure to serve as one of the people awarding medals to the athletes in the "Special Olympics" held last month at Westminster High School. This event included special-needs children from all over the county. The total commitment and dedication of the people involved is absolutely wonderful. The loving parents; the caring teachers and coaches; the gentle student volunteers; the hard-working members of the business community who donated their time, energy, expertise and money, and the special athletes whose enthusiasm and excitement were contagious -- all made this event a tremendous success!

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone involved in the Special Olympics. I especially wish to pay a tribute to Carroll County's many teachers who took their own personal time to volunteer to help. They make me proud to be a teacher.

Cindy Cummings


The writer is president of the Carroll County Education Association.

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