If ever there was a time for reflection on the Carroll County school board, this may be it.
Clearly divided over how to set up a performance audit of the system, how to establish goals and whether the board needs to renew its focus on student achievement, members are meeting in seclusion this afternoon, presumably to discuss prickly issues like these that stand in the way of unity.
State law permits a school board to hold a retreat out of the public eye, but members may not make any official decisions or hold votes.
While the "miniretreat" will take the board no farther than the Board of Education building, meeting privately could feel like being a world away from the pressures of their public sessions.
At a regular meeting July 14, relationships were visibly strained, particularly when member Susan Krebs began lobbying to be appointed to the team that will decide how a performance audit -- which was requested by the county commissioners and has soured the relationship between county government and the school system -- will be carried out.
Board member C. Scott Stone said at the meeting that it would be inappropriate for a board member to serve. The issue was dropped, and no decision was made.
Krebs said she wants to discuss the audit today as well as differences over how the board should deal with concerns brought to them by constituents.
Board President Gary W. Bauer was unwilling to discuss the agenda for today's meeting, which will also be attended by Superintendent William H. Hyde.
Bauer did say the board would likely discuss how it can better inform the community of its actions, for example, by reporting them in school newsletters.
Pub Date: 7/26/99