Gardner says FCPS needs to come up with solutions to problems citied in a US Dept. of Justice report.
Frederick, Md (KM) During a recent appearance on WFMD’s “Morning News Express,” Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner commented on the departure of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Theresa Alban. “I did have a good working relationship with Dr. Alban, and she communicated very well with me over the years,” Gardner said. “I’m now certainly going to extend that relationship to Mike Markoe whose now the Acting Superintendent.”
Dr. Alban, who retired effective Monday, December 13th, came under fire following a report from the US Department of Justice which said the School System “systematically and improperly” used seclusion and restraint on students with disabilities who acted up in class. The DOJ said this is a violation of federal law.
Bur rather than assigning blame, Gardner said the School System needs to take action. “I think the media is asking the wrong question,” she said. “The right question is: what is going to be done to problem-solve and address the issue? What’s the action plan? What needs to be done? What’s the timetable? How’s it going to be measured.”
The County Executive is holding a virtual hearing on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 PM to receive ideas for a proposed fiscal year 2022 budget. She said many of the solutions for this problem may require additional staff and more training for current employees. “We’re very fortunate in Frederick County to have a good school system. Certainly, this taints the school system and it’s a serious issue which needs to be address,” she said.
Those who want to participate in the budget hearing can submit their comments on line at FrederickCountyMD.gov/BudgetPublicHearing. or call in a comment at 1-855-925-2801, and press code 2445. Press 1 to listen; Press 2 to record a comment for playback; or Press 3 to be placed in line to speak. .
Citizens can view the budget hearing at FCG-TV at cable channels 19 or 1085, or on the web at www.fredericcountymd.gov/FCTtv
By Kevin McManus