Letter to the Editor

letter to the editor

Monday, February 8, 2016

Feb. 5, 2016

Dear Marshall Democrat News Editor:

In an effort to provide all communications between myself and Mr. Roger Blakely for public scrutiny, and in response to his letter addressed to your attention on Jan. 26, 2016, I am submitting an abbreviation of the response I emailed to him on Feb. 3, 2016.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to speak for the Marshall Public Schools District. The Board of Education and I strive to bring attention to the wonderful students and families of Marshall Public Schools and do not want to divert attention away from them. Also, we have no intention of dwelling in the past and expending energy there. We reflect on our mistakes -- and ones that have been made in the past -- try to right them, and move forward with optimism and determination. Our focus must be working toward a very bright future for the kids of Marshall and partnering with the Marshall community to do so.


Dr. Carol Maher,


Marshall Public Schools

Dear Roger:

Thank you for your continued interest in Marshall Public Schools. It is gratifying to have members of the public concerned about the welfare of the school district and the children it serves.

In response to your letter to the editor of The Marshall Democrat-News, I am providing the following timeline of email correspondence between the two of us which does not indicate the dates of "Nov. 22 to Jan. 5 and three attempts to get the information requested." As you informed me in one of your emails, your computer was not reliable at the time, so I am sure that is the reason for the miscommunication. From my email records and tape recording of our face-to-face meeting on Dec. 5, 2015, you let me know that you had received information from the MPS Central Office concerning meeting minutes and that other information from me may have gone missing during the Christmas celebration at your home. At that meeting, I also handed you a file with all applicable documents on the purchase of the Gieringer property. On Dec. 10, 2015, I fulfilled the request received by my office on Dec. 8, 2015.

Since the letter to the editor appeared in the paper on Jan. 26, the date of the Marshall Board of Education meeting, you did not wait until "after the January Board meeting to proceed on my (your) own" as stated in your email of Jan. 9, 2016. Perhaps this is, again, a misunderstanding on my part.

Once again, thank you for your interest in our school district. I look forward to collaborative work with you throughout this school year and beyond.


M. Carol Maher, PhD

Superintendent of Schools

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