February 21st, 2012 by WCBC Radio
The issue has pitted parents against the school board; the school board against the county commissioners; and now delegation members against other delegation members. The issue is the controversial decision by the Allegany County Board of Education last year to phase out the so-called Washington County option that had allowed students in Little Orleans to attend school in Hancock. House Bill 335 introduced by Delegate Leroy Myers would essentially reverse that action- and last week the House Ways and Means committee conducted a hearing on the bill. Among those testifying- Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine in support of the bill, and Delegate Kevin Kelly opposing the legislation. Valentine tells WCBC News that he was not happy with the coverage of the event provided by the local newspaper- noting that neither he nor any of the commissioners were asked for a comment to balance the story. Particularly irritating was a reference to his “plotting” with parents against the school board via a series of emails. He said he was simply offering suggestions to those parents who contacted him- and was not involved in any plot against the board….