IW school board member lacking

Published 4:48 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

I recently attended both of the Isle of Wight County School Board meetings regarding reopening plans, and while I agreed with the final outcome of the hybrid plan for elementary students, the journey to get to that decision was tough to watch.

While most members offered thoughtful analysis of the data, government recommendations and community survey results, there was a noticeable lack of preparation and understanding from the Hardy District member, Mr. Alvin Wilson.

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Our school system is facing one of the toughest challenges in recent memory, to protect our children while providing the best education possible during this pandemic. I get it; there are no easy answers.

Be that as it may, our community leaders should be held to a high standard of professionalism and must provide more thorough input than repeating a political go-to statement, “I support the children.” I have no doubt that Mr. Wilson lives out that statement, and his many years of service in our education system and community is a testament to his devotion. However, if an elected official is incapable of comprehending the topic under discussion and other duties incumbent upon them, then a change needs to be made.

I thank Mr. Wilson for his service, but it would be in the best interest of the community for him to resign and allow the citizens of the Hardy District to choose someone who can better represent their interests on the school board.


Caleb J. Kitchen