Game On

It is now time for the voter to consider their choices for school board in District 2.

Please look at my opponents record.

1. He has a complete lack of transparency. He was heavily involved with the PAC supporting SPLOST IV. Of course did he own up to his involvement? I think his multiple interviews in the media can give the answer to that question.

2. Here is what he said. “Vote for SPLOST IV because it is the only way we can elect all 7 new board members for the school board.” OOPS! Last time I checked you will still have NINE school board members and you are only getting to vote for districts 2, 4, 6, and 8. I believe his TV interview said this would be a “historic” moment. Did he lead you astray about SPLOST IV? It is clear that he did not understand the issues and made false
statements that could have misled you. Here are some links to articles about this issue:

3. He also linked a vote for SPLOST to lower property taxes. The school board just voted to raise your millage rate for school taxes by one mill. Mr. Orson has stated that he supports “revenue enhancements”, like the increased millage rate you will now see on your property tax bill. As you know, I voted against the millage rate increase. I will also be straightforward with you. I’ll call a millage rate increase exactly what it is – a tax increase. I won’t try to confuse the issue by calling a tax a “revenue enhancement”. I’m a teacher, not a lawyer, and you’ll get clarity not spin from me.

4. Over the last five years, Mr. Orson has clearly shown that he has only ONE focus in education. That focus is to make the  Fernbank area an enclave that he will protect to the detriment of the rest of the county. He has shown this on several occasions. Look at what he and his campaign manager said about Briar Vista Elementary during redistricting.

” If anyone suggests making Briar Vista a PK-K or PK-1 campus for Fernbank’s children, talk about 1100 students and families with multiple children driving back and forth and back and forth along Clifton Road during the morning rush hour. Enough said.”

Is there something wrong with Briar Vista’s children? Where did 1100 come from? That is almost double Fernbank’s entire population. This clearly shows an “attitude” toward anyone outside the enclave. Here’s an interesting article on what concerned citizens saw and heard during redistricting:

5. Four years ago he opposed the inclusion of neighborhoods in Sagamore Hills from attending Lakeside High School which was two miles away. He wanted these students to attend Druid Hills which was seven miles away. Ask Sagamore parents if they feel like he can represent anything other than the interests of his enclave.

6. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and The Georgia School Board Association (GSBA) clearly state that a school board member is to represent the entire county and NOT just one district with their votes on the board. My opponent has a documented record that shows that he cannot think past the boundaries of his own neighborhood.

I ask everyone to consider what is at stake here. I was a teacher in the classroom for thirty four years. I know how schools work from the inside. My knowledge is practical not theoretical like my opponent. Vote for a teacher not another lawyer.


4 thoughts on “Game On

  1. Don. Do you have children that are in the school system? I think that really matters if you want to understand what is needed in the schools. Orson has 2 kids in the system.

  2. Karen,

    I have spent my whole professional life, 34, years with children. Teaching and coaching involves many, if not all, the same things that parents do. Your analogy is that if you do not have children you cannot understand what schools need. That could mean that if you are not a teacher you might not understand what a school does. I also was chosen Parkview High’s most inspirational teacher in 2003. That award was voted on by the students. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


  3. Don,
    Thank you for your work on behalf of children. I’m a parent but I don’t have 34 years of experience teaching kids. You bring an important perspective to the DeKalb board. I respect your thoughts about serving the whole of your district. Fernbank has benefited (a new facility through SPLOST, your efforts with FSC, and more) from your representation and I know how demanding our group can be. I have friends at other schools and I know how you take time to listen to their concerns too. Keep up the good work!

  4. Fernbank Mom,

    Thank you for your kind words. I am certainly aware that there are many in your community that have a county wide perspective of the issues. I appreciate that you know and understand the effort I have given to the Fernbank community. I did support SPLOST IV and worked to have the science center’s budget increased as well as helping to organize private funding for the science center.

    Everyone in the district should expect a global view in regard to the issues. My opponent has shown over a period of years that he cannot do that if Fernbank has to make any sacrifice. That is not even handed representation. I applaud your insight on the issues.


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