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Foote Hearing Day One Wrap Up

July 23rd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Day One of the Maryland State Board of Education versus Wayne Foote is in the books, with testimony taken from current board member Tammy Fraley and former board members Laurie Marchini and Nicholas Hadley.  Others to testify in public included Allegany County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Kim Kalbaugh, former Fort Hill Principal Joe Carter, and ACEA Uniserve Representative Evan West,  Two Fort Hill teachers were allowed to tesify behind closed doors. 

The hearing continues Tuesday at 9:30, with Assistant Attorney General Karen Anderson-Scott saying she should wrap up her segment by noon.  Office of Administrative Hearings Judge Michael Wallace is presiding.

Marchini spent nearly an hour on the stand, presenting detailed testimony of her allegation that Foote groped her during a P-TECH event at the Center for Career and Technical Education in October of 2017.  Current Academic Officer Dr. Kim Kalbaugh told the court of Foote making an inappropriate comment to her at the same event.  Foote was also accused of asking a Fort Hill art teacher if she would like to have his “artistic opinion” of her surgical scar.

Other points made by the prosecution focused on Foote breaching the confidentiality of executive sessions, including comments made to WCBC concerning the Bart Alan Mazer case at Mountain Ridge, the evaluation of Superintendent Dr David Cox, and passing notes to incoming board members who had yet to be sworn in

Defense attorneys Tom and Kelly Lynch spent much of the day clarifying testimony.  In his opening, Tom Lynch said that the process should never have been undertaken, in that the school board that brought the charges doesn’t exist anymore.

Tom Lynch suggested that the state board would be better off finding a clear path forward for the contentious local board, and that his client should take sensitivity training to adjust his behavior to the 21st century.

7 Responses to “Foote Hearing Day One Wrap Up”

  1. July 23, 2019 at 9:25 pm, Ed Dodrill said:

    Was Footer there? What was his demeanor?


  2. July 23, 2019 at 10:55 pm, kevin said:

    Mr. Foote’s conduct was pretty crappy for any century. The possibility of him changing it is between slim and none. He was repeatedly warned about policies he choose to disregard in a most consistently despicable way. Second – the fact the previous board does not exist does not negate the reality of his actions. His ‘bad acts’ did not disappear with the old board. This lawyer does not appear to be an upgrade for Mr. Foote – I hope he had a money saving coupon for the fee.


  3. July 24, 2019 at 5:07 am, mark said:

    No surprise Foote was/is good buddies with the misogynist bigots that work at WCBC. oh, and they call themselves “christians’ LOL


    • July 24, 2019 at 10:14 am, Jt Hare said:

      > Hey “Mark”, Dave called you out on air and is requesting you give him a call to discuss your above comments. I would definitely tune in to listen to that!!!


      • July 25, 2019 at 5:02 am, Mark said:

        > lol, If that’s so I must have hit a nerve! But No need for me to waste my time calling. All one has to do is tune in to his show as Dave proudly displays his hatred, bigotry & ignorance every chance he can (it’s who he is), at least for those who are cognitive enough to see it! Of course Dave can’t possibly conceive that he’s not a paragon of righteous virtue! It’d be like trying to tell Trump he’s not the GREATEST HUMAN to ever draw a breathe in the history of the


  4. July 24, 2019 at 12:23 pm, kevin said:

    What is the Christian position on rubbing Vick’s Vapor Rub on the chests of female board members? Why should anyone have to put up with that level of creepiness?


  5. July 24, 2019 at 4:51 pm, kevin said:

    As the case rolled into the second day and summations, why were there no updates as there were on the first? It’s still rather bad news even if it is not reported. Reminds me of the rural phrase -”This ole dog don’t hunt.” Stay tuned.


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