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Alyson Satterwhite Is In

By Greg L | 28 February 2011 | Prince William County | 20 Comments

Gainesville District residents hoping for an opportunity to dump Don Richardson had their prayers answered this week as Alyson Satterwhite filed her paperwork with the Board of Elections and is running for Don’s seat on the School Board.  I’d say she’s got a very good chance of receiving the endorsement of the Republican committee, as Richardson nearly lost out against “none of the above” four years ago, and in this district the Republican-endorsed candidate typically has a decided advantage.

It’s pretty clear that Richardson has known for a while he’s on shaky ground with his constituents.  Telling parents to “grow up” because they opposed the suspect “Math Investigations” program riled a lot of parents up.  Then there was the insane idea of adding an elementary school to the grounds of Stonewall Middle School so we could bus kids from well beyond walking distance into an area where the schools are already overcrowded.  And now we’ve got this crazy idea supported by Richardson that we’re going to add as many as eleven classrooms to each school in the area not because there’s an overcrowding problem at any of them, but so they can shift boundaries and bus kids in instead of finding a parcel of land for a school where those students actually live.

Seriously, along all of Sudley Manor Drive between Sudley Road and the railroad tracks or elsewhere in that general area you can’t find one parcel of land for an elementary school?   Or even along Ashton Avenue over towards the Mall?  Just because illegal aliens and residential overcrowding in Coverstone and North Sudley has put pressure on school capacity, why does a stable institution like Sudley Elementary have to become a designated victim to add another 250 students and become a mega-elementary school?

Richardson seems to have tempered his hostility towards parents, but he certainly hasn’t gotten the message that being seen as a mouthpiece for school staff instead of acting like a representative of the parents is not the most productive path towards re-election.  Richardson probably is one of the worst at this, but there seems to be actually quite a bit of competition among the members of the school board for “most disconnected elected official in Prince William County.”  The only folks not actively working at winning that honor seem to be Lisa Bell, and probably Betty Covington.

If we could only clone Lisa Bell.  Why is it that Neabsco, the fountainhead of political nutcases extraordinaire (Pierre Manes, Aracelly Panameno, and a handful of other folks with names derived from randomly selecting letters from a box of blocks) can manage to absolutely nail good representation in the School Board back-to-back the last two times while everyone else struggles, particularly when the character running for the position says they’re a Republican.  Some of our “Republican” elected officials would seem right at home within Organizing For America with their love for stimulus dollars and tax hikes, and the cover they provide for PWC’s multi-kulti department that has promoted sexual perversion and communist ideology on the school website.

Alyson Satterwhite seems to be about the closest alternative to conducting ethically-suspect medical experiments with Lisa Bell’s DNA.  I say we get behind her campaign and finally get someone representing the Gainesville District who will hold the schools accountable rather than be their cheerleader.  More needs to change on the school board than just this one seat, but this would be a really critical swap.

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  1. Maureen said on 28 Feb 2011 at 9:35 pm:
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    I met Alyson and I was immpressed by her. Go Alyson!

  2. Anonymous said on 28 Feb 2011 at 10:42 pm:
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  3. Freedom said on 1 Mar 2011 at 6:00 am:
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    I agree with Maureen, but even more so with Anonymous, above…

  4. KimS said on 1 Mar 2011 at 8:07 am:
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    Woo Hoo - Alyson rocks! Like Lisa, she has an interest in special ed issues, which are a huge concern here in PWC and have made PWC the laughing stock of NOVA.

  5. GB said on 1 Mar 2011 at 8:15 am:
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    Alyson Satterwhite would make a fantastic Board member and a refreshing change to the “lectures from the dais” that Don Richardson is famous for delivering.

    For any parents struggling with the substandard math program championed by Mr Richardson, Alyson’s presence would be welcome relief — she knows what she’s talking about as her children have been subjected to the dumbing down of math in PWCS.

    Has Don Richardson “tempered his hostility?” — of course…it’s an election year…the only year he has to “cool it” until after the voting’s over.

    Remember, it was Don Richardson who, when parents pleaded with the PWCS Board to allow their children to be taught with textbooks and materials that actually support state standards in math, called them “despicable” for daring to ask for the board’s help… it’s time for him to go away.

    It’s about time that parents of children in our schools have an opportunity to put another concerned parent on our board - Alyson will do great things for our schools!!

  6. Edbrm said on 1 Mar 2011 at 8:58 am:
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    Mr Richardson has only “tempered his hostility” by never responding to anything.

    He continues to hide from the fact that they seriously blew it over math investigations and then brought in “block scheduling” so they could give more time to math to voer up their screw-up.

    Let’s have honesty and accountability for the sake of the children.

    Good luck Alyson!

  7. Casanova Frankenstein said on 1 Mar 2011 at 10:09 am:
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    You can tell it is an election year and he will have a Republican opponent because he was at the PWC GOP Cmte. Meeting last night touting efforts to name the new elementary school after Reagan.

    Let him vote to do that and THEN dump him!!!

  8. GOP Mom said on 1 Mar 2011 at 11:04 am:
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    Richardson WAS at the meeting PWCRC meeting last night and he couldn’t even get his rear end out of the chair when he spoke to the group. He doesn’t appear too concerned about his challenger or re-election at all.

  9. Austin said on 1 Mar 2011 at 12:29 pm:
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    Alyson will make a terrific member of the School Board. With Lisa, Gill, and Alyson, we have the makings for a terrific board. I fully endorse her and am excited that she is running.

    Let’s see what happens with redistricting, and I will consider my own announcement.

    Austin Haynes

    Soil and Water District Director
    Brentsville High School PTAC President

  10. Freedom said on 1 Mar 2011 at 4:48 pm:
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    Maybe we can dump the whole lot of ‘em, save Lisa Bell and Gill Trenum. We desperately need a challenger in the Occoquan District….:(

  11. KimS said on 1 Mar 2011 at 5:44 pm:
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    Word from Virtucon is that the redistricting plans will be presented to the general public on March 20th with 5 weeks for citizen comment before the vote.

  12. Anonymous said on 1 Mar 2011 at 5:56 pm:
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    That’s IF they[Prince William County Board of Supervisors] consider the citizens’ input. I doubt they will, because they have their own idea of what they want their district to look like to keep their seats. PATHETIC!

  13. Anonymous said on 1 Mar 2011 at 6:04 pm:
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    Alyson is not the candidate endorsed by Muammar Gaddaffi. That gets my vote!


  14. Yawning Wolf said on 1 Mar 2011 at 7:17 pm:
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    Greg, keep up the great work! Your site provides timely and pertinent news. And I appreciate it.

  15. Debra said on 1 Mar 2011 at 10:18 pm:
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    I believe you (unintentionally??) overlooked Gil Trenum’s staunch conservative leadership on the board. M.I. opposition parents appreciate his support and efforts, he was the only school board member who publicly spoke at the BOCS meeting rejecting the Pelosi “stimulus” and I’d venture to guess school staff would rather do without him. In my assessment this makes him well connected with his electorate.

  16. Austin said on 2 Mar 2011 at 10:03 am:
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    In addition, Gil Trenem worked across the aisle with our legislators to get Brentsville’ s Cambridge Program accepted by Viginia Universities. Keep up the great work Gil!!!

  17. KimS said on 2 Mar 2011 at 4:35 pm:
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    Gil is like a duck, calm and smooth on the outside a swimming furiously underneath. He may be quiet on the outside, but behind the scenes he’s worked tirelessly to improve PWC schools for all of our children. I hope Gil is still in my district after the lines are redrawn!

  18. Sick&Tired said on 3 Mar 2011 at 1:36 pm:
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    I agree with the assessment of Gil Trenum. I have appreciated his quiet leadership on the board. He is a tremendous listener and he always has time to talk with individuals about their concerns. As has been stated, the crisis created by math investigations is beginning to hit the middle school level, which is sure to impact the readiness for high school math. Unfortunately the victims of this fiasco will not be the members of the board who have pushed for it, but the students struggling to make up for a lack of basic math skills.

  19. Greg L said on 3 Mar 2011 at 10:47 pm:
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    I did neglect to mention that Gil is doing a good job on the board and he deserves the accolades I left out, but commenters made sure to include here.

    Let’s hope he’s got a call in to Wally “Screw The Kids” Covington asking what can be done about getting a school site along Sudley Manor Drive. If he manages to untangle that mess of self-interested BS he’ll get a nice post from me thanking him for injecting some rare sanity into this disaster that’s gripping the Brentsville District on the BOCS.

  20. Harry said on 5 Mar 2011 at 10:00 am:
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    There are few members on the School Bored worth more than a bucket of spit, Trenmu seems to have the interests of educating children more than any other, not withstanding he’s an R. Richardson, Lattin and Covington are the worst of the worst.

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