It’s not over until it’s over, and it appears the nine month long controversy over the District 3 seat on the Guilford County Board of Education isn’t quite over yet.
The school board part is over. District 3 Guilford County Board of Education member Michael Logan has been seated at the dais with the other eight members of the school board, with all the rights, authority and responsibilities of his fellow school board members.
After a second bill was passed by the North Carolina legislature requiring the school board to accept the nominee of the Guilford County Republican Party Executive Committee, Logan was sworn into office on Sept. 19.
However, the Guilford County Republican Party is not quite done with former District 3 school board member Bill Goebel, who is a registered Republican.
At the Monday, Oct. 9 Guilford County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, a motion charging Goebel with “Party Disloyalty” will be made. Goebel received an email from Guilford County Republican Party Chairman Chris Meadows on Sept. 23 informing Goebel of the plan to move forward “with the Party Disloyalty motion on Monday, October 9.”
Goebel met secretly with Democratic members of the Guilford County Board of Education and the board’s attorney to work out the details of the scheme to have the school board appoint Goebel to the District 3 seat on April 4 instead of Logan, who had been nominated by the Guilford County Republican Party.
Even the Republican members of the Guilford County Board of Education were kept in the dark about the plan to seat Goebel. Logan and the two sitting Republican school board members filed a lawsuit alleging the way Goebel’s appointment was made involved a violation of the North Carolina open meetings law.
Goebel kept quiet about the plan up until he was sworn in, even though he was seated beside Logan in the audience at the April 4 meeting.
Goebel has already been censured by the Guilford County Republican Party Executive Committee for “Party disloyalty, deceiving Party leadership and circumventing the proper avenues for filling a vacancy on the Guilford County Board of Education.”
Goebel has repeatedly said that he plans to be a candidate for the Guilford County Board of Education District 3 seat when it comes up for election next year.