Iím not board with the board election .....
There are times when you should really be glad I've been around
for a long time because sometimes I know where all the bodies are
buried. And sometimes I even know about the bodies that aren't
buried yet and are still stinking.
Recently I received an e-mail from someone who
still works for Fort Bend Independent School District. The message
was on school district e-mail. This e-mail chided me for not
giving more publicity to the candidacy of David Malone and Chip
Pike, two former district employees who are now running for the
First, Star columnists Jon Matthews has been
giving their candidacy plenty of publicity. I don't ever give
either Jon and Susan (The World's Most Dangerous, etc.) their
marching orders. They write what they want.
Second, the e-mail was sent via the school
district network. Although I noticed the time was during the lunch
period, I still don't think the school district e-mail should be
used to tout the candidacy of any one candidate. As a matter of
fact, both Malone and Pike has received a "cease and desist"
letter from the school's attorney, David Feldman, about them
campaigning on school property and using school e-mail.
According to Malone, who I contacted about the
letter, he nor Pike have ever campaigned on school district
property. Malone, a former assistant superintendent under
ex-superintendent Don Hooper, said he attended a bond issue
meeting one night and passed out some business cards, which he
thought was perfectly acceptable. Then he said he called the
district's in-house attorney about using the e-mail addresses of
some of his former friends still employed by the district. He said
he was told that their addresses, published on the district's web
site, were in the public domain. Malone said his e-mail to the
former colleagues already admonished them to avoid using their
school district e-mail to contact people about his and Pike's
Then I've received several calls from people
telling me that before Malone and Pike left the district, they
established their new business on school district time. Malone has
denied that and says these people are just afraid that he and
Pike, if elected to the board, would know what questions to ask.
Malone is running against Sue Hausenstein. Sue
has served on the board for two terms. I know a lot of people are
campaigning to get rid of all the sitting board members because
they blame the bond issue fiasco on them. I've known Sue since she
first ran. I know few parents that are as dedicated to the schools
as Sue is. She spends many unpaid hours each week involved in
educational issues, and not just sticking her nose in the running
of the school, but volunteering in several aspects that directly
help the students.
I also know that she does her homework on
issues that come up before the board, and she does them BEFORE the
However, David Malone also has several students
attending Fort Bend ISD so I don't think his candidacy is strictly
just a "get even" deal. But I am nervous that he is a former
I've always had several attributes that I look
at when supporting a school district candidate. I think they
should have children in the district; I think they shouldn't be
former employees, current employees, married to current employees,
or maybe even former teachers from another district; and I think
they should attend some school board meetings before deciding to
run. In other words, school board members, in my book, should be
interested parents with no personal agenda except for getting the
best education for the best price for our kids.
More on the war ..... I'm glad they didn't
kill "Baghdad Bob," the moniker the news media has given the Iraqi
information minister. (I wouldn't start to spell his real name.)
Anyway, Baghdad Bob reminds me of some of our elected officials.
He's the one that says, "There are no Americans here. Oh, there
were some out at the airport, but they are committing suicide
now." He's the only comic relief in this terrible war.
The reason he reminds me of some elected
officials is their refusal to look at reality and when they say,
"High taxes. We don't have high taxes; we just have high
valuations." Or "It's for the children." or "We're a very
conservative county/city/school district. We don't spend much