Two members of the Fairfax County School Board criticized a fellow board member, Gerald A. Fill, last night for going directly to the County Board of Supervisors to ask it to take a stand against closing neighborhood schools.
"It's totally out of line," said Charles Caputo. "I think this proposal is something very preemptive. It certainly goes against the grain of what Mr. Fill has advocated," which he said was the "deliberate" planning that must go into School Board decisions.
On Monday, Fill, an independent candidate for the Mount Vernon seat on the Board of Supervisors, asked the supervisors to sign a resolution against closing neighborhood schools. His action came a week after a task force of citizens in the Mount Vernon district he represents on the School Board recommended that Fort Hunt High School be converted to an intermediate school. Fill has said he strongly opposes closing Fort Hunt as a high school.
Fill had left the School Board meeting before his colleagues criticized him last night.
School Board member James W. Kitchen said he objected to a statement in a letter Fill wrote to the supervisors that suggested that School Board members were under the control of the supervisors who appointed them. "I take extreme exception to this," he said. Fill "is not speaking for me."
Caputo said he was sorry Fill was absent and planned "to pursue this matter with him directly."