It was obvious to anyone at the Tuesday, April 4, Guilford County Board of Education meeting that teacher Michael Logan was extremely upset when the six Democrats on the board ignored him – the choice of the local Republican party – and, suddenly, with no warning, put their own handpicked person – Bill Goebel – into the vacant District 3 seat instead.
Logan told the Rhino Times that, leading up to the meeting, all signs pointed to him, Logan, being put into the seat that night, and when the board made its surprise move, he spoke out and then was taken out of the room by a police officer.
One news report stated that he was put in handcuffs; however, Logan said that’s not true. Logan did say that he didn’t leave the first time he was told to do so.
“They told me I needed to leave and I refused,” he said. “I just held my ground.”
Logan said his refusal to leave was understandable since the school board, he said, had just snubbed its nose at state law, ethics and common decency – all supposedly justified by a very imaginative if somewhat tortured interpretation of the law by school board attorney Jill Wilson.
Logan said he’s no longer just out of the school board seat that is rightfully his but is also out of the Guilford County Schools teaching job that he’s held for years and years.
Logan, who was firmly convinced he would be seated on the Board of Education that night, resigned his teaching job ahead of the April 4 meeting because, he said, he thought the six Democrats on the school board might say he could not be seated until he resigned his teaching job in the school system due to the conflict of interest.
“I went ahead and did the official resignation,” he said.
That meant that – after the blindside by the school board members, who had secretly colluded with each other and some top school staff the day before – Logan didn’t have the District 3 school board seat nor did he have his teaching job.
Logan said he could have tried to get his teaching job back, but he’s no longer interested in working for this school system.
“I’m not going back to Guilford County Schools,” he said.
He said that, instead, he’s continuing the battle to get the seat on the school board that is rightfully his. “This is my fight,” Logan told the Rhino Times.
Ethics and common decency has been gone for decades with this lowlife bunch.
Our school board sucks along with most of our public schools.
Have you seen rockingham county schools? If you have ooof!
It’s a blessing in disguise Mr. Logan, get out of the Guilford County school system and don’t look back. It will never change here, until the militant afroids running this community are exposed and the populace here sees what frauds they are. Been going on since the sixties, so little chance of any immediate revelation. If you have kids in the public schools…get them out!!!
This IS prof, up and center of how corrupt education has become. This actually shouldn’t have had anything to do with party or power, this should been what is possibly best practice for everyone. If the Dem’s wanted their person then come next election cycle and game on, but this is in no way good for the district. This shows the total disregard for quality of education of students and slaps the face of staff. Not all staff, the upper level like in Central office, but the teachers, teachers assistant, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, etc. This is why finding employees is becoming impossible in the state. Who would want to work under these conditions. When parents put their foot down then things will change, but looking at this I so feel for the students and all staff.
A board works better with a mix of ideas, different levels of knowledge, which is the way it was intended to be. I would say the board is nervous about a school employee taking a position on the board, as he probably knows where the bodies are, so to speak.
Also, I hope Mr. Logan continues his fight to gain this seat.
‘holding his ground’ ? what ‘ground’ is his? then & now?
The right thing to occur now is for Bill Goebel resign out of respect for the Republican party and Michael Logan. He knows he wasn’t the party’s first choice and now that he has a chance to rectify the slip-up by the Republicans, he should take the honorable step of resigning and undermining the very flimsy legal ground on which the School Board’s attorney’s opinion is premised.
If Bill Goebel does not take this step for rectification, then I have no respect for him as a genuine and supportive party member or as a person of integrity. He is more likely now to vote with the Democrats and not the best interest of the District 3 constituents.