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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