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Cathy Dyson of the Free-Lance Star posted a blog about her recent tour of Potomac Elementary School. She refers to recent stories in her paper and The Journal. Here is the story we ran about Potomac Elementary School in the Dec. 29, 2010 issue, where Superintendent Candace Brown represented the temperature problems at the school as "not a constant situation." Apparently Dr. Brown was with Dyson on the tour. Here is the link to Dyson's blog posting:
It’s hard to know what to believe.
Superintendent Candace Brown has refuted claims made by members of the School Board that conditions at Potomac Elementary School are as dire as members have stated.
In an email response to questions from The Journal, Brown has denied that cold rooms are an ongoing problem and said she hadn’t heard about any electrical shorting or circuit breakers tripping.
~ COLD ROOMS OR TEMPORARY CHILL? We asked Brown last week about the cold rooms.
She responded in a Dec. 21 email, saying, “That was an issue that happened last week. It is not a constant situation.”
The first time that cold rooms were mentioned was at a joint meeting with Supervisors on Nov. 30 by School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee.
That condition was embellished by School Board member Renee Parker at a meeting on Dec. 9, saying, “There are kids sitting in classes that are 50 degrees.”
Brown was present at both meetings, but did not contradict either statement. Instead she sat mum and acted like an innocent bystander to proceedings.
That was at the meeting when Dennis Paulsen suggested maybe the stadium might be postponed and see if the $3 million earmarked for it by Supervisors could instead be used to fix up Potomac.
~ NOT ENOUGH OUTLETS OR BREAKERS BLOWING? In the same email response Brown was asked about loss of electricity due to shorting out, blowing fuses or tripping breakers. She answered, “I am not sure what you are making reference to.”
We tried to enlighten Brown, emailing back, “I'm referring to a statement made and quoted from PES math lab teacher that was in the regional daily paper; the article is posted online at the paper's website.” We also quoted the article in that paper, to wit: Math lab teacher Kate Howard has learned a lot about electricity in her classroom. She knows there's not enough power to run the smartboard--a digital white board that hooks into a computer system--at the same time as kids operate their computers. "If we use them at the same time, it will short and the circuit will trip," she said."
Brown wrote back on Dec. 22, “First time I have heard about this.”
Brown added, “I do know in her room that the lights are either all on or all off and that causes problems with using the smartboard and students working at their desks at the same time. I, also, know that due to limited outlets in the rooms, teachers have to pick and choose among the "technology items" that they are going to use.”