Monday, February 27, 2006

MCPS failed to tell Council of safety issues

MCPS failed to tell the County Council about safety issues and enrollment projections in its push to build the Kendale project, according to Inspector General Thomas Dagley.

The school system's only criteria for the new Kendale project at the expense of Seven Locks Schol, according to the IG, was the bottom-line dollar cost.

Advocates of Kendale insist they placed the interests of the children first.

"It wasn't even a close call. It was not in the best interest of the kids to stay on the [existing Seven Locks Elementary School] site. Period," insists Councilman Mike Subin.

School board member Sharon W. Cox, who was president of the board when the issue was decided in 2004, says in the Gazette that the panel sided with "the arguments that supported the children's best interest."