BoE’s Todd: Public deserves to know about issues involving schools

Public comments about ethics and disharmony by supporters of Terri Smith and Janet Smola at the May 17, 2010 Board of Education meeting was a continuation of the embarrassing and unprofessional display by the two of them at the May 4 work session.

I have voted for many things during my term and the votes were always based on the information provided by the administration and other board members. When it becomes apparent that the information that we based our decisions on was not accurate, I have pointed out, and will continue to point out, these discrepancies.

Does that mean I have ignored board ethics by not continuing to support board decisions? Or, am I upholding our ethics policy, specifically #4, which notes that members must take the initiative in helping all the people of this community to have information about the operation and performance of their schools?

Am I upholding item #6 which states that the board has a personal obligation to the community? In this same item, it says that the board has a moral and civic obligation to the nation which remains strong and free only so long as public schools in the U.S. are kept free and strong.

I must maintain that attempting to muzzle individual board members does not contribute to a free and strong public school system.

Many of you recall in “To Kill a Mockingbird” what Harper Lee said about integrity and ethics: “Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

A majority vote or even a 5-0 vote does not mean that our collective and individual opinions will remain the same. The stressful economic times of the last few years have proven that we may need to make strategic decisions we never imagined in order to remain viable.

Our code of ethics relies strongly on the premise that board members are elected to a position of public trust. I aim to maintain the public trust.

It is important to remember that ethics are rules of moral principles governing a group. So if our board makes a poor decision, based on poor information, or if circumstances change, I will continue to serve the public trust by providing information to the public and encouraging participation by all community members in seeking solutions to issues facing us.

In closing, I would like to say again that I do not condone the tone or lack of group cooperation which has been played out so publicly far too many times in our board meetings. But as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

I ask for your support in the July 20 Republican Primary. That vote will assure an on-going effort to maintain the public trust through open, transparent board activities, keeping the public informed and returning to fiscal accountability.

Dr. Bob Todd, Member

Fayette County Board of Education Post 4

Fayetteville, Ga.

pips1414's picture
Joined: 03/18/2009
Good For You, Dr. Todd!

I like a fair where opposing candidates are both qualified for their electoral posts and can confront each other on the issues. I have heard Dr. Todd speak several times, and I believe he holds the best interests of our children in his heart.

I haven't heard much from his opponent other than he has worked for Delta Air Lines, belongs to mens' clubs, and has done volunteer work. An educational post demands expert understanding of our educational system. It can't be achieved without specialized continuing education and experience. Mr. Cave has not even professed to have the qualifications necessary to do justice to a BOE post. Dr. Todd does have some opposition, though, which appears to be two of his peers on the BOE. But unfortunately, those people are so rattled over losing their majority vote that all they can do is criticize Dr. Todd without specifically pointing out how Mr. Cave can do the job better. To do that, they must allow Mr. Cave to debate Dr. Todd on current school board issues, decided upon and refereed by an independent body. But the majority BOE members have their work cut out for them. They must somehow convince the voters that Mr. Cave was not put up to running for the BOE post by them.

I'll have to give them some credit, though. They know enough not to throw a minnow to a shark.

DBarlow's picture
Joined: 05/03/2010
Not speaking out would be a sin

I know Dr. Bob Todd and have found him to be an articulate, contemplative and caring individual. Rather than defend Dr. Todd with my words, I remind the readers what the Bible says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." KJV. "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." NIV. James 4:17. All to often, leaders refuse to stand-up and be held accountable for their words and deeds. Again, looking to the Bible for reference,"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Matthew 12:36 KJV

ginga1414's picture
Joined: 09/01/2008
"To Kill a Mockingbird," Dr. Bob

Thank you so much for quoting Harper Lee. I have lost count of how many times I've read "To Kill a Mockingbird." It is my all time favorite.

Thank you, Dr. Bob, for being our "Mockingbird." Thank you for the strength and courage you have shown in the face of great adversity.

You have quoted two very famous people and I would like to quote one not so famous. I would like to quote DeWitt T. Allen. As I was growing up, he always said, "Ginga, if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right. If you are going to do something, do it right. If you aren't going to do it right, don't do it at all."

Dr. Bob, you are singing like a "Mockingbird" and you are doing it "right."

Doug's picture
Joined: 09/07/2006
I saw the Terri Smith Youtube video

I have to thank Bob Todd for taking the verbal abuse on our behalf. Terri Smith was acting like a raving lunatic. There is NEVER an excuse to treat someone like Terri Smith did to Bob Todd.

suggarfoot's picture
Joined: 10/10/2007

Can anyone give the link, I can't find it.

grassroots's picture
Joined: 02/17/2009
B. Todd: I get the feeling you are ready to burst with the truth

Newly added poll to :
Cave the no show vs. Todd still standing. Go and make your vote to count.
New poll. Run up a 100 vote count and we'll know the winner before hand.

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