Controversy -- at what might have proved a routine meeting of the Marshall County Board of Education.
An overflow crowd packed the meeting, spilling out into the hallway next to the boardroom. The crowd first wanted to talk about the year-round calendar for Cameron schools, saying that year-round calendar had disrupted extracurricular activities that took place in the summer, such as 4-H camp. Others wanted some answers concerning the future of the Marshall County Suzuki Strings program -- resulting in the following exchange.
"Did someone come out and say the Suzuki program was going to end?" asked board President Roger Lewicki.
"Not one of us, right?" asked Tom Gilbert. "One of our board members, said the Suzuki program was going to end?" he continued.
Marshall County Suzuki Strings Instructor Janet Sparks replied, "To several parents, yes. Absolutely. It was verbalized that we -- as soon as I retire -- we were going to be phased into the other program."
No decision on the future of the Marshall County Suzuki Strings program came at this meeting. Board members said they would review facts associated with the program before deciding if Sparks would have a replacement teacher to mentor before her retirement.