The unprecedented move by the Democrats on the Guilford County Board of Education on Tuesday night, April 4 – when they blindsided everyone and named their handpicked candidate to the board’s vacant District 3 seat rather than teacher Michael Logan, who was selected by the Guilford County Republican Party – left many Republicans in the county outraged.
The six Democrats on the nine-member board voted to name Republican Bill Goebel to the board seat that represents District 3.
Going into the meeting that night, the board’s two Republican members – Linda Welborn and Crissy Pratt – both totally expected Logan to be named to fill the seat; so, they said, they were absolutely stunned when they realized at the meeting that the Democrats had a secret plan meant to undermine the intent of state law.
Both Welborn and Pratt say they were blindsided and disturbed by the audacity of the extraordinary move.
Even though the local Republican Party had chosen Logan to fill the vacant District 3 seat, and even though state legislators – led by District 59 state Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) – had passed a bill meant to prevent the school board from keeping Logan off, the school board went ahead anyway and voted. That happened after school board attorney Jill Wilson laid out a complex scheme at the meeting by which, Wilson claimed, the move could be legally defensible.
“I think it is horrible what they did,“ Welborn said the day following the school board meeting.
Welborn added that the move showed total disrespect for the people of District 3.
She and other Republican leaders said that, when the vacancy first opened up, Goebel had initially approached some party members to see if they would appoint him to the vacant seat on the school board – but those discussions didn’t go anywhere and the party decided on Logan instead.
Welborn said that, clearly, the six Democrats knew all about the plan but that they and Wilson didn’t tell the Republican school board members anything.
“We we’re kept totally in the dark,” she said.
Several Republican leaders said they were stunned that Goebel would accept the position under these circumstances.
Except for the small group plotting to make the end run around the intentions of the local Republican Party and the state legislature, everyone showed up at the meeting totally expecting Logan to be named to the seat and sworn in. However, a few slides into a presentation by Wilson, it became clear what was going on.
Pratt was equally as outspoken.
“It was an atrocity,” she said.
“It was so despicable.”
Like Welborn, Pratt was kept in the dark as the Democrats hatched the plot.
“I was completely blindsided,” she said.
Pratt said the main reason she ran for a seat on the Board of Education was to support the kids and teachers and staff and to improve education in the county. Now, she said, she’s incredibly disturbed by the way the Democrats on the board have completely politicized the school board rather than pursue its fundamental mission of making schools better.
Pratt said the Democrats on the board talk a lot about supporting teachers but then, she added, they turn around and show complete and utter disrespect for Logan – a 26-year teacher in the system.
Morally as,bankrupt as Greensboro city council. So petty and partisan. And all the while our children wait while games are played by these grifters and party peons.
Bill Goebel made a deal with the devil.
Not surprised at all. Typical of who and what runs that socialist bunch. Kids get screwed again.
Until Republicans learn to fight dirty the same as the Democrats, these kinds of things will continue to happen.
I want (PG) Chris, chris, Juan Whatever, Nd rhe rest of that (National Socialist) Democrat Party thralls to try to justify and support this travesty of justice.
If Republicans did this there would be mobs with torches in the street screaming “to the stakes with them!”.
If the state legislature would use its supermajority to back real school choice reform GCS become obsolete within a decade. They’ll have to sell the fancy new buildings to charter schools. That would be great for our community and the children who live here.
It seems as if the democrats (lower case intended) can’t shoot dirty pool, they won’t play at all. Look out for the same ole same ole tactics in 2024.
Yet voters flock to the polls to vote for these evil and vile Democrats. Hope you all are enjoying the ride straight down the cesspool!
People better wake up. This is scary!!!
Not as scary as Tenn Republicans tossing elected members of of the state house because they participated in a peaceful protest. But scary just the same. Seems prevalent in all levels and all sides of politics today.
Wait! Who elected these people?
Not me, I can sleep at night.
No lesser Intellectual Historian than Victor David Hansen said just last night: “There is no longer a Democratic Party; there is a “Woke”, radical-left party intent on gaining totalitarian control of the US by any means and institution of a radical socialist agenda that the vast majority of the People do not want. The US is now in a revolution.”
This outrage at the school board is just one small example of the truth of that statement.
Be very afraid; prepare to resist.
Victor David Hansen is a political alarmist talking head like most conservative nutters.
Well, not surprised. These people do not play fair. They probably cheated when playing monopoly and card game old maid as childen. I’m sure they cheated on school test. This just proves once a cheater always a cheater.
It is disappointing to see Democrats act like Republicans. Very petty and disappointing.
What are the dumbcrat board members afraid of someone who actually says the truth about what they think. Maybe they should try it sometime. George Floyd should have put his hands up and not fought the police
What do you expect from the democrats? This is a solid blue county. Can’t wait until the next property tax hike.
If the democrats on this board have violated state law as a result of this move I suspect it will come back to haunt them both criminally and civilly.
The Mafia is alive and well in Guilford County.
someone please articulate what ‘elephant’ is in logan’s ‘room ?