Below are screenshots of a letter to the editor by Roy Searles that was originally sent to the Free Lance Star. The Free Lance Star choose not to publish the editorial. However, we will post it along with the Free Lance Star response. See the screenshots below. Our rebuttal to the Free Lance Star response is as follows
“We are committed to publishing pieces from a wide variety of viewpoints, and we especially value those letters from people who disagree with the way our paper reports on and opines about local issues.”
The majority of editorials negatively hammer the conservative four on the school board. We are still looking for evidence of any editorial that is in favor of any of the conservatives.
“The Free Lance-Star has indeed reported on Cole’s Facebook posts”
We do not see any articles that print the entirety of Cole’s post with full context and full analysis. In order to properly report something, you have to show the evidence and cite specific examples. What the Free Lance star has done is water down the significance of the Cole post, the Lieberman posts, etc by providing overgeneralized statements without specific quotes.
“A prize is not a gift.”
Colloquially, the Free Lance Star is correct. However, if you look at the definition of a “gift” under the law, the Free Lance Star is incorrect. The law defines a gift as anything of value. Within the scope of that definition, a prize is a gift. We covered this extensively in an earlier Spotsy Wire article. More importantly, the Free Lance Star does not show they have performed any research in looking at the law when they make the claim a prize is a gift.
There is school board special meeting on July 8th. Screenshots of the agenda are below. The main agenda item is a discussion on the two final candidates for Superintendent. We hope to find answers to the following questions.
Will Phelps, Gillespie, Twigg, or Abuismail develop a migraine after listening to Shameful Shelley or Nasty Nicole ramble on and on?
Will Dirty Uncle use his wizard powers to cast a woke spell on the Fantastic Four, so they choose a woke superintendent?
In a plot twist, is Shake and Bake about to make his triumphant return?
Happy July 4th. Today is more than just barbecues or a day off from work. We are blessed to live in this great country and value freedom. We are grateful to all those who fought and continue to fight for those freedoms. Read these words as they hold true today as they did in 1776.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Spotsy Schools Superintendent Watch: The black smoke indicates no superintendent has been selected. When we see white smoke, the new super has been selected. The conclave of school board members have not selected a new superintendent.
We predict Shameful Shelley will leak the list of superintendent candidates discussed in closed session to the Free Lance Star and Adele Uphaus. Afterall, Shameful Shelley was defiant at the June 13 regular school board meeting saying she would continue to share info to FLS. We imagine Adele and the FLS are writing the story right now as we speak. How long until we see the information in the FLS?
The Spotsy Wire just celebrated our 1-year anniversary on June 24th. We appreciate all our readers and subscribers. As independent journalists, we cover news not covered by the local commercial news media. We also inject some humor into the mix. Much of the local news media write stories lacking context because they are nothing more than leftist propaganda outlets. Although we have covered mostly school news over the last year, we provide the balance against the local news outlets.
The Spotsy Wire has broken many news stories well before the local news media cover them. For example, the Spotsy Wire was the first to cover the scandal surrounding former school board candidate Rich Lieberman’s sexually explicit social media posts and the Nicole Cole racist comments. The FLS briefly mentioned those scandals weeks after we reported on those stories.
We also would like to give a shout out to the cast of characters in local politics that earned special nicknames because of their behavior – Nasty Nicole, Shameful Shelley, Lying Lorita, Shake & Bake, Crackabouski, The Napster, Looney Lofaro, Kellogg’s Kassie, Gargamel and of course the pillar of the community himself (sarcasm), Dirty Uncle Rich.
The new $22000 car that Spotsylvania County School Board member Dawn Shelley won thru a YMCA raffle raises conflict-of-interest questions. We emailed Dawn Shelley twice for comment and have not received a response. A screenshot of the email chain is below. Is it all just a coincidence that Shelly won a raffle for a brand new $22000 car?
There are three problems with the “coincidence argument” that Shelley supporters cannot overcome. First, Shelley received this prize from an organization that currently holds a contract with the school division. Second, the contract is up for renewal on August 1. Third, Shelley should have known better about a conflict of interest or the appearance of one. Afterall, Shelley constantly says at school board meetings that she knows the law and policy.
Here is the $22000 question. If someone gives you a $22000 brand new car, would you think of the person or organization more favorably? Could you be objective in your vote to issue or renew a contract? This is why conflict of interest laws exist. Below are relevant areas of state law. Carefully look at the definition of “gift”, “personal interest”, and what it says in 2.2-3108. A “gift” is anything of monetary value regardless of whether it’s won under the disguise of a raffle. A “personal benefit” is a financial benefit. School board members cannot have personal interests.
Virginia Code 2.2-3108 states that “No person elected or appointed as a member of a local school board shall have a personal interest in…….(ii) any contract with any governmental agency that is subject to the ultimate control of the school board of which he is a member”.
Virginia Code 2.2-3101 says that a gift “means any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance, or other item having monetary value.
Virginia Code 2.2-3101 says that a personal interest “means a financial benefit or liability accruing to an officer or employee or to a member of his immediate family. Such interest shall exist by reason of …….(iv) ownership of real or personal property if the interest exceeds $5,000 in value….”
There is another school board special meeting on June 28th. Screenshots of the agenda are below. The main topic is determining which superintendent candidates to interview. We hope the following questions will be answered on Tuesday night.
Will Cole, Shelley, and Daniels force an hour delay in approving the agenda again?
Will the song YMCA by the Village People be played as Shameful Shelley enters the meeting room?
Will the song Nasty by Janet Jackson be played as Nasty Nicole’s entrance music?
Spotsylvania County school board member Dawn Shelley recently won a new car from a raffle sponsored by the Rappahannock area YMCA. The car is a 2022 Nissan Kicks SV valued at over $22000 MSRP.
The problem is the apparent conflict of interest. Shelley is an elected school board member that won a $22000 prize from an organization that holds a contract with the school division. Dawn Shelley, who was the school board chair in 2021, voted to approve a contract with the YMCA for childcare services in May 2021. The contract started on August 1, 2021, with option years. The next option year begins on August 1, 2022. We have included screenshots below.
The optics and timing of all of this is suspicious. Public officials such as Dawn Shelley are prohibited from accepting gifts of value because of conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest. Virginia Code 2.2-3103 states that “No officer or employee of a state or local governmental or advisory agency shall…….
“Offer or accept any money or other thing of value for or in consideration of the use of his public position to obtain a contract for any person or business with any governmental or advisory agency”
“Accept any money, loan, gift, favor, service, or business or professional opportunity that reasonably tends to influence him in the performance of his official duties.”
“Accept a gift from a person who has interests that may be substantially affected by the performance of the officer’s or employee’s official duties under circumstances where the timing and nature of the gift would cause a reasonable person to question the officer’s or employee’s impartiality in the matter affecting the donor.”
Spotsylvania County school board members Lorita Daniels and Dawn Shelley avoided condemning fellow school board member Nicole Cole’s racist rant on Facebook. That speaks volumes. They are now on record as supporting Cole’s racism. Below is the link to the video of the resolution and the vote.
Cole, Daniels, and Shelley have either double down on the racist comments or attempted to deflect them. Prior to the vote, Shelley started to justify Cole’s statements. Daniels deflected by preaching unity. We are not buying any of this because the words that Nicole Cole wrote stand on their own. We can see this issue being associated with all three of them perpetually. If Cole offered an apology or stated the word choice was poor, this issue probably would have gone away.
Instead, Nicole Cole racist rant ends up as the biggest local political scandal of the past 10 to 20 years. Yet, the local newspaper barely covers it. This left-wing news outlet regularly provides cover for the left members of the school board. If conservatives Twigg, Gillespie, Abuismail, or Phelps made this post on Facebook, we suspect it would be front page news and on every news channel. The double standard exists with the local newspaper.
Kelly Guempel was named as the Interim Superintendent effective July 1 at the June 21 school board special meeting. He replaces interim Superintendent Carol Flenard who resigns effective June 30. Guempel was the principal at Spotsylvania High School. Twigg, Gillespie, Phelps, and Abuismail voted in favor. Daniels voted against. Shelley abstained.
Spotsylvania County school board member Lorita Daniels is scheduled to speak on June 24th at a summit sponsored by a progressive organization called Network NOVA. This summit features a number of far-left speakers as shown in the screenshot below. Associating with the speakers and this organization provides the public insight on Daniels beliefs and positions. Afterall, birds of a feather flock together.
Speaker Buta Biberaj is the far-left commonwealth attorney for Loudoun County. Biberaj was recently barred by a Loudoun County circuit judge from prosecuting a burglary case because of her soft stance in going after criminals. This was covered extensively by the news media around June 11, 2022.
Atoosa Reaser is one of the far-left school board members from the Loudoun County School board. Juli Briskman is the Loudoun County supervisor that made national news for giving Trump the middle finger as his motorcade passed by in 2017. Delegate Irene Shin is pro-gun control, pro-labor union, and is in favor of equity in the schools per her website.
Although Lorita Daniels may come off as soft spoken, she is very much a far-left politician. Birds of a feather flock together.
There is a Spotsylvania County school board special meeting on Tuesday June 21. Screenshots of the agenda are below. The main topics are the ethical conduct of Nicole Cole and naming a new interim superintendent since Flenard leaves on June 30. We hope to find out answers to the following questions.
Will Nasty Nicole show any humility?
Will Shameful Shelley throw a toddler temper tantrum?
Will Dirty Uncle Rich continue to fantasize about Rabih wearing underwear?
Here is a video clip of Spotsylvania County School board member Rabih Abuismail during board member comments at the June 13, 2022 school board meeting. Abuismail addresses Nasty Nicole’s Facebook post from May 25, 2022
Here is a video clip of Spotsylvania County School board member April Gillespie during board member comments at the June 13, 2022 school board meeting. Gillespie addresses Nasty Nicole’s Facebook post from May 25, 2022