Panel member mixup
After my story yesterday, I had a call from Jimmy Gittings, president of the city school system's administrators union. He said he was disturbed to read in my article that he's a member of the panel interviewing school board candidates but didn't show up to the interviews on Friday. (I reported that only four of the seven panel members attended.) In fact, Gittings said, Mayor Dixon didn't invite him to be on the panel until he saw her at an event Monday afternoon -- three days after the bulk of the interviews occurred. An interview with one more candidate is to be held this week.
Had Gittings known he was invited to the interviews on Friday, he said, "believe me, I would have certainly been there with bells on, to get someone in there (on the board) that would support us." Having missed the session, he said, he would trust the recommendations of Marietta English, co-president of the Baltimore Teachers Union.
No comment back from City Hall on the mixup.