Joe, you are absolutely correct. Rhonda Thurman's comments are a critical indicator to the nature of the current school board. This should not be tolerated by the community that voted (for or against) this individual. There must be a shake-up of the entire Hamilton County School System - and it needs to start with the School Board. Being an "outsider" as well, but one with a vested stake in the community and its education system, I am appalled by what I read here and experience constantly in regards to education. The eye is not on the ball - not in the community, not by the parents in the community, and most noticeably not in the School System. If we think that we will be able to compete in the global economy and create the advanced manufacturing, green and service jobs that are so critical to the future, we are mistaking ourselves greatly.