Parent critical of Hairston and school board
At the Baltimore County school board meeting this week, parent David Greene took a shot at both superintendent Joe A. Hairston and the school board.
Greene was angry that Hairston had refused to be interviewed by the Maryland Attorney General's office about questions concerning the ethics of giving an employee, Barbara Dezmon, a copyright to a computer software product called the Articulated Instruction Module. Hairston did go on WJZ, however, and suggest that race was an issue. "Dezmon used the word 'lynching' and Hairston used the word 'race.'" Greene said. "These are serious words with serious implications, so I am sure the board asked some questions."
At that point in the three minute presentation before the board, Greene stopped and asked the board president if he believed there was a basis for the comments about race. There was silence. "I have a request for this board: that you do what we hired you to do and explain to Superintendent Joe Hairston that he must either respond to the ethics inquiry or resign," Greene said.
The board, by the way, wasn't hired. It is appointed and doesn't get paid. The panel did not respond in public session.