Kelly Marlow, the BridgeMill mother who was one of the most outspoken critics of a May 16 Supreme Court of Georgia ruling that threatened to derail Cherokee Charter Academy's plans, announced today that she is running for a spot on the Cherokee County Board of Education.
"I am excited to enter the arena," she said in a statement. "I look forward to a campaign discussing the issues facing our schools, including financial priorities, education options and uniting our schools and communities with the single goal of providing the best educational experience possible for our children."
The mother of twins, both of them students at Cherokee Charter Academy, Marlow is the second person with Cherokee Charter Academy ties to express an interest in a BOE seat.
Monday, Georgia Charter Educational Foundation board member Danny Dukes announced the formation of an exploratory committee to weigh the pros and cons of a run for BOE chair.
Critics of House Bill 978, which reconfigures school board posts and changes the way voters elect board members, have alleged the legislation is payback for the current board's 4-3 denial of Cherokee Charter's third application to become a district-approved school.
Currently, all seven school board members are elected countywide and the board selects a chairman and vice chairman at its first meeting of the year.
Under HB 978, six school board members will be elected by district, the chair will be elected countywide, and current BOE chairman Mike Chapman and vice-chairwoman Janet Read will be drawn out of their posts on Jan. 1, 2013.
Chapman and Read were among the board members who voted to deny Cherokee Charter Academy's application in June 2011.
Members of the Cherokee County Legislative Delegation, who sponsored the bill, have refuted claims that HB 978 was part of some vendetta.
"The maps and governance model produced ... protect the time-honored tradition of “one man, one vote,” they wrote in a joint statement released on March 31.