The newest Guilford member of the County Board of Education, Bill Goebel, who was appointed to represent District 3 on April 4, has been censured by the Guilford County Republican Party.
The Guilford County Republican Party Executive Committee had nominated Michael Logan to fill the District 3 seat, which was left vacant when former District 3 school board member Pat Tillman was elected to represent District 3 on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. Logan’s appointment had been voted down by the school board but the state legislature had passed a new state law making that vote unnecessary.
Logan attended the meeting, Bible in hand, expecting to be sworn into office. Instead, all six Democrats on the school board voted to appoint Goebel to the seat citing a technicality in the new state law that allowed the Democrats on the school board, not the Guilford County Republican Party, to fill the vacancy.
Chairman of the Guilford County Republican Party Chris Meadows issued a press release on Thursday, April 13 that states, “In response to the actions of Mr. Goebel’s backroom dealings, the GCGOP Executive Committee affirmed its continued support of Michael Logan and also passed a resolution on April 11, 2023, censuring Mr. Goebel for Party disloyalty, deceiving Party leadership and circumventing the proper avenues for filling a vacancy on the Guilford County Board of Education.”
The press release also states, “In regards to the Tuesday, April 4th Guilford County Board of Education meeting, Michael Logan was not seated because of extremely partisan politics. Michael Logan has the support of the Guilford County Republican Party (GCGOP) which followed the rules of the new law and the previous law pertaining to filling vacancies on county boards. Mr. Logan is immensely qualified to serve on the GC Board of Education and was duly elected by members of the GCGOP Executive Committee as outlined in the rules set forth. The Democrat led school board got a registered Republican, Bill Goebel, on the Board that immediately voted with the Democrats in opposition to the Equality in Education bill, HB 187, which is designed to protect the best interests of our school aged children.
“The School Board’s attorney cherry-picked portions of the new statute and ignored the bulk of the new statute, including the portion stating that the School Board shall consult with the Executive Committee on nominations. The GCGOP did not receive any responses from the Board when contacted about the District 3 vacancy. The GCGOP did not know in advance that the events of Tuesday night were going to occur. We were told through intermediaries that a judge was going to be present to perform the swearing in. The Superintendent allowed the two elected Republicans on the School Board to be misled and kept in the dark by not informing them of what was going to transpire. The Superintendent must have known what was going to occur because her Chief of Staff was intimately involved in the events that occurred according to the public comments of the Board’s pick to be seated, Bill Goebel, which were aired on the local TV stations. A majority of the School Board’s members and their attorney conducted public business in private, non-disclosed meetings without informing all Board members, namely the Republican members. This school board is demonstrating every day that they are not acting in the best interest of our school-aged children who are forced to attend failing schools run by a Board that cares more about what political party has a majority than if our children can read, write and count.”
Ooooooo….that’s…wait. That doesn’t mean anything in a democratic controlled county,
This will be fun to watch. It is an example of the Democrat party’s ethic.
Not a surprise at all. Basic pond scum.
Everything about this fiasco STINKS! I wish I could yank every dollar I pay out of this. Wishful thinking I know but I’m SICK AND TIRED!
Again some of the best schools inn the ask everyone that moves here better the rockingham better then Randolph better then alamance better then stokes better then Forsyth quit it with this failing schools crap our schools are amongst the best in the state
English as a second language?
So what if it is?
Obviously you haven’t seen the most recent test scores. Please take a look before you assume GCS is among the best in NC. You ARE incorrect!
You are one ignorant a$$ democrat Children in our 3-4 grades can’t read or do simple math but don’t hold them back it may hurt their feelings or it’s racist. Ignorance at its finest
Our schools continue to spiral downward thanks to current management and appointees.
These so called leaders, County, City. And school board act as if this is a game. I live in a neighborhood that used to have school age children throughout. We’re down to three families with school aged children now and one of them listed their home for sale yesterday, citing a need for better schools.
Better people will bring better schools.
If students handled a board appointment within student government in this manner these same @$$#oles would come unglued! Even children are expected to act better than this. It is our civic duty to ensure that this is the last term any of them ever serve on this board or any other. Zero respect for these leftist freaks. They bought Goebel’s votes and he willingly sold them to the devil. Looks to me like the damn clowns are running this circus.
I live on a road that used to have 3 Guilford County school busses rumble down it twice daily. It has been at least 10 years since I have seen one wiz past. The local children all go Christian, private, home schooled or finagled into another school district. Most of the children are great students and athletes and Guilford County is certainly missing out in many ways, not just the $$$. These are huge inconveniences and extra expenses for the families but ya do what ya gotta do. Oh yeah, before the race card is slammed down, put it back in the deck. Some of these families are black and brown. They don’t like Guilford County’s foolishness concerning their children and schools either.
As if Republicans don’t have a history of shady dealings for political schemes? How about the Republican Party could have worked with the Board to address concerns about Logan and find a compromise? But no, it’s all about proving a point on both sides and bickering. How about the PRESENT Republican wheeling and dealing to enrich people at the expense of school funding.. Tricia Cotham anyone?
What about the 38% to 40% of voters who are unaffiliated and not R or D? Who wanted partisan school board elections? Open elections and if more than one year left on a term have run-off election for that district. Less than one year on a term let school board members fight it out to appoint short term for that seat. Runoff election would have been quicker and decisive and not fighting for months.
I’m going to make a comment that is going to upset a number of Republicans…
Rather then censure Mr. Bill Goebel for playing ball with the (National Socialist) Democrat Party of Guilford County, why are you not throwing him out of the Republican Party thus freeing him up to join his new cronies?
Is there an anatomical problem somewhere there?