The Conservative Mandate in Spotsylvania

There is a small vocal group on the left railing against proposed Spotsylvania County Schools Superintendent Mark Taylor from receiving state approval for a superintendent license. This small group on the left is undermining the will of the Spotsylvania County voters.

The Spotsy Wire believes that citizens of Spotsylvania County have spoken at the ballot box. The voters trust the elected officials to bring common sense conservative values to the school board just like they did for state elections. Bold courageous steps need to occur in order to eliminate agendas that we believe have destroyed public schools.

Let’s look at the facts. Below are screenshots of the election results of the conservative majority on the Virginia Department of Elections website. The conservatives won by strong margins while the left members of the school board won by small margins. Given these results, we conclude that the conservative majority has a clear mandate to hire a more conservative Superintendent.

  • Conservative Rabih Abuismail won by 8 points over the incumbent in 2019
  • Conservative Kirk Twigg won by 15 points over his challenger in 2019
  • Conservative April Gillespie destroyed the incumbent by almost 30 points in 2021
  • Conservative Lisa Phelps won by almost 9 points over her challenger in 2021

Spotsylvania County is a conservative county. The school board members on the left won by very small margins. Here are the statistics from the Virginia Department of Elections website.

  • Lorita Daniels won her seat with only 43% of the vote against 2 other candidates in 2019
  • Dawn Shelley won her seat by just 419 votes in 2019
  • Nicole Cole won her seat by just 242 votes in 2021

Another Ian Prior Piece, CRT in schools

Ian Prior has another excellent opinion piece on Fox News about CRT in public schools from June 20, 2022. He talks about how teachers receive training on CRT. Below is the link to the article.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/proof-critical-race-theory-taught-schools

Ian Prior has led the fight in Loudoun County against wokeness in the schools. He is an advisor for America First Legal and the Executive Director of Fightforschools.com.

One Step Away from being Superintendent

The Spotsylvania County school board voted 4-3 to send a letter to the Virginia Board of Education requesting that conservative Mark Taylor be added to the list of eligible superintendents in Virginia. The letter serves as one more step in the process to eventually having Taylor become the new superintendent of Spotsylvania County schools.

Twigg, Gillespie, Phelps, and Abuismail voted in favor of Taylor. The leftist members of the school board, Cole, Daniels, and Shelley, voted against the motion. Once the Virginia Board of Education approves Taylor, he will be the new Superintendent of Spotsylvania County Schools. Below are links to our previous articles on Mark Taylor and video of the vote taken at the 8.25.2022 school board meeting.

https://spotsywire.com/2022/08/25/mark-taylor-interview-from-2019/

https://spotsywire.com/2022/08/17/the-outside-the-box-superintendent/

Special Meeting August 25

There is a special meeting of the Spotsylvania County school board on August 25th at 4pm. Screenshots of the agenda are below. Here are the two main topics on the agenda.

  • Licensure of the Division Superintendent
  • Compensation for the Interim Superintendent

It looks like we are in the final stretch for the selection of a new Superintendent. We hope this special meeting will provide answers to the following questions.

  • Will Shameful Shelley leave her teaching job early to attend this special meeting?
  • Will the woke administrative swamp continue to drain itself?
  • Will Nasty Nicole and Shameful Shelley threaten Mr. Searles again?
  • Will there be white smoke coming from the chimney?

The New Executive Communications Position

Interim Superintendent Kelley Guempel discussed the need for hiring a Manager of Executive Communications at the Friday August 19 school board special meeting. This position would among other things highlight the positive work by students and teachers. Guempel wanted to create this position because he sees the school division’s communication department as understaffed. Below is the video clip.

The Outside the Box Superintendent

According to news reports and social media pages, Spotsylvania County schools is leaning towards hiring Mark Taylor as the new superintendent. Taylor is a former Spotsylvania County administrator and attorney with a business background. If this is true, Taylor is a brilliant outside the box selection for Superintendent.

A Superintendent, like a Chief Executive officer, must have a strong business acumen in order to effectively manage resources and priorities. Knowing how to place the right people in the right role is an important part of providing strategic, operational, political, and financial leadership of an organization. These are business skills. The leader of the organization does not need to get into the weeds of specific day to day items. That is left for others to handle.

Those that argue that an educational background is necessary to lead a school division make a serious error in logic. It is the classic appeal to authority logical fallacy. A person that has a “credential” like a PhD must be trusted at all costs because they are the “experts”. We must bypass logic and reason in favor of the “expert status” that supposedly comes with a credential.

Look no further than the previous Spotsylvania County Schools Superintendent. Baker was a political hack that did very little to solve the problems in the school division. Test scores progressively got worse during his tenure. The school division became more politicized as Baker allowed the administration to promote political candidates as we covered in previous Spotsy Wire articles. Wokeness grew into the school division instead of the singular focus on education. No one was held accountable internally with the money lost from the turf fields scandal. There was resistance to financial audits. The list goes on and on. Yet, we are supposed to trust this “expert” because of his “educational credential”?

If Taylor is the person that ultimately becomes the Superintendent, this is a great pick. Taylor is a conservative with a business background that we predict would remove the wokeness from the school division and provide better leadership than the previous Superintendent. The lack of a business background was one of many reasons why the previous Superintendent failed during his tenure.

Daniels Rant at the 8/8 Meeting

Here is our response to the board member comments by Lorita Daniels. The purpose of the school division is not to promote inclusiveness or equity. The purpose of the school division to provide you the tools to get a job. Nothing more, nothing less. Equity is divisive concept. Inclusiveness has evolved to nothing more than virtue signaling and pandering.

108 Staff Vacancies

Twigg announced prior to closed session that there are 108 staff positions that need to be filled. By comparison, WTOP reported that Prince William County has 318 positions that needed to be filled in their Sunday August 7th article. WTOP also reported that Montgomery County has 246 teacher openings in their August 8th article.

Special Meeting August 3

There is a special meeting of the Spotsylvania County school board on Wednesday August 3rd. Screenshots of the agenda are below. There are two main topics on the agenda; a closed session to discuss personnel matters and the Superintendent’s report on employee vacancies. Hopefully, this meeting produces answers to the following questions.

  • Will the new Superintendent finally be announced?
  • Will Uncle Rich be back from vacation?
  • Will Makaila spend more money on another frivolous lawsuit for everyone’s amusement?

Guempel Getting the Job Done, Part 1

The conservative majority on the school board along with interim Superintendent Kelly Guempel are getting the job done with regards to hiring staff for the upcoming school year in the Spotsylvania County school division. The number of openings was much higher 1 to 2 months ago. Guempel provided updated staffing statistics at the July 26th special meeting. Below is the video and a summary of those stats.

  • Every class in every school is covered right now
  • 127 staff openings remain right now. Last year at this time there was 67 openings but that does not include the additional 60 positions that came with the new budget
  • 79 classified openings right now. Last year at this time there was 30 openings but that does not include the additional 45 positions that came with the new budget
  • 300,000 teachers left the profession across the nation so there is a national teacher shortage
  • Virginia is number 8 in the nation in teacher shortages

Despite this good news, many on the far left portray this news as the sky is falling without any context. Virginia is number 8 in the nation in teacher shortages. There was over a 10 percent reduction in education majors compared to 4 years ago. The teacher shortage problem is not unique to Spotsylvania County.

Towards the end of the school board meeting, it appeared that school board member Dawn Shelley was cleaning her nails and not fully paying attention to the stats Guempel provided. Does Shameful Shelley not care about the staff hiring success? Does Shameful Shelley have a political agenda? Why doesn’t Shameful Shelley compliment Guempel instead of complaining about the start time of the meeting?

Special Meeting July 26th

There is a special meeting of the Spotsylvania County school board on July 26th. Screenshots of the agenda are below. The main topic on the agenda is a closed session to discuss personnel matters. Could this be the school board meeting where they announce the new superintendent? More importantly, the world awaits answers to the following questions.

  • Will they play the song “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang as Twigg, Gillespie, Phelps, and Abuismail walk towards the dais to start the meeting?
  • Will Twigg have to place Shameful Shelley and Nasty Nicole in time-out?
  • Will there finally be white smoke coming from the chimney?

The SEA Problem in Spotsy

The Spotsylvania Education Association (SEA) is a teacher’s “union” that promotes partisan left issues. Below are screenshots of the SEA Facebook page. The first screenshot shows SEA members attending the National Education Association (NEA) convention in Chicago. The second screenshot shows SEA promoting labor unions.

SEA is associated with the radical leftist NEA organization. The NEA is the same organization that proposed a resolution to change “mother” to “birthing parent”. Redefining words is both Orwellian and comical. SEA members include many teachers in the Spotsylvania County school division. Is it any wonder why parents in Spotsylvania County are concerned about indoctrination instead of education?

SEA is a union that does not have collective bargaining powers. Hopefully it stays that way. The problem with public sector unions that hold collective bargaining powers is that they bargain against the taxpayer. Union dues are spent to elect pro-union politicians. Those same pro-union politicians negotiate with the same union for taxpayer dollars which in turn pays the union. This corrupt circular cycle continues on and on and on.

Makaila’s Frivolous Meritless Lawsuit

Makaila Keyes lost her frivolous lawsuit against the conservative fantastic four on the Spotsylvania County school board. In March 2022, we wrote a series of articles covering this frivolous and meritless lawsuit. Those on the left thought Keyes would win and use this as a basis to recall school board members. However, anyone on a middle school debate team could have ripped apart the arguments presented by Keyes and the Edwards Law firm. Below are the articles we wrote back in March showing the weakness of their case and how this lawsuit was a waste of time, money, and resources.

https://spotsywire.com/2022/03/14/legal-matter-against-twigg-gillespie-phelps-and-abuismail-part-1/

https://spotsywire.com/2022/03/15/legal-matter-against-twigg-gillespie-phelps-and-abuismail-part-2/

https://spotsywire.com/2022/03/16/the-makaila-keyes-frivolous-lawsuit/

In open court, it was revealed that Shameful Shelley, Lying Lorita, and Nasty Nicole entered the closed session on January 10, 2022 as we reported earlier. All three of them were very public prior to court that this did not occur. However, open court revealed that they lied to the public. We found it odd that the plaintiff, Makaila Keyes, was not in the courtroom today to explain how her rights were violated. This implies that the case was very weak.

It appears that this was all a political stunt to overturn the results of the November election that resulted in the conservatives winning the majority on the school board. In the first month of the conservative majority, leftists including Shelley and Cole participated in recall efforts to remove some of the conservatives. There is a picture showing this on the front page of the Free Lance Star. Link is below.

https://spotsywire.com/2022/01/24/cole-and-shelley-ethics-violations/

If Jatras is the Superintendent…

Earlier today, we reported on the tweet from Jim Jatras potentially being a candidate for Superintendent of Spotsylvania County schools. If Jatras is a candidate for superintendent, is this really a surprise? Let’s look at the situation.

  • He has extensive political experience as a former diplomat and foreign policy advisor
  • He has spoken at many school board meetings in support of the conservative majority
  • He has extensive ties to the movers and shakers in Washington DC

The conservative members of the school board were elected with a mandate to change the public school division. Given the ideological divide between the conservatives and the leftists on the school board, we can see this being a 4-3 vote assuming Jatras is the guy. Jatras is a firebrand conservative. He is the outside the box candidate that Spotsylvania County schools need. Managing the policy structure of tens of thousands of children in a school division is probably easier than managing the policy structure of hundreds of millions of people.

We predict a Jatras administration would send shockwaves throughout the county and accomplish the following in very short order in the school division.

  • Remove EQUITY from the mission statement and replace it with EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
  • Remove all explicit books from the library of each school
  • Remove all woke agendas and identity politics
  • Support teachers by giving them the tools to help children excel in the workplace
  • Focus the school division on the basics – reading, writing, history, science, and math
  • Remove the school division’s association with SEA, VSBA, and other woke organizations