Wicomico Public Schools superintendent John Fredericksen fancies himself a politician. He uses tax dollars to implement a (usually unsuccessful) grass roots lobbying effort to obtain more money to spend. He also doesn’t hesitate changing positions at a moment’s notice. Today’s op-ed by Fredericksen (along with the typically courageous stance of the Daily Times) provide more evidence that our county and state elected officials need to exercise great caution when dealing with Fredericksen and the Wicomico County Board of Education (BOE).
Fredericksen implies that Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver lied to the public by claiming that a replacement for West Salisbury Elementary School was not in the capital improvement plan:
This is a project that has been in the works for many years. Additions to West Salisbury Elementary were recommended 16 years ago in the 1998 Seidel Commission Report. Plans for a West Salisbury Elementary project have been in the Capital Improvement Plan and "future plans" section of the Facilities Master Plan each year since the Fiscal Year 2001 report — some 14 years ago. These reports go to the Board of Education and County Council each year and are available to the public.
This is a typical “bait and switch” which Fredericksen loves to foist on a plain speaking public. Culver was correct. The county’s capital improvement plan (CIP) does not include replacing West Salisbury for most of those years. It is not Culvers fault if the BOE did not submit a request or if the county council did not approve every capital request from the BOE. Wicomico County would be bankrupt if it did.
Here is where Fredericksen switches horses: