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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 29 years."


Somebody save me.....Somebody needs to tell former FBISD board member Ken Bryant that he is acting like a sore loser. He lost the last election, and he shouldn’t let Stan Magee, who won’t be defeated until next year, lead him down the garden path to public ridicule.

Both men have whined not only to the District Attorney, but the Texas Education Agency as well because the other board members complained to them about leaving their annual retreat early without telling any other members.

Now let me get this straight: Stan Magee is complaining about violating local policy and the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Is this the same Stan Magee and Ken Bryant who joined Lisa Rickert and Laurie Caldwell to unanimously anoint Lisa Rickert as president of the board immediately after Magee and Caldwell were elected, and sent Betty Baitland packing to the end of the table without any discussion?

Is this the same Stan Magee and Ken Bryant who just recently met with a group of parents in the parking lot and gave them advice about how to complain to the board and asked for their vote. Surely that is against some local policy.

I can’t even begin to recite the number of times the “fearsome four” of Magee, Bryant, Caldwell, and Rickert voted so in tandem that other members knew there had to have been secret meetings.

Here is a typical Stan Magee story. When Magee was elected two years ago, he anointed himself due to the postponement of a board meeting when the then-president had a death in her family. Magee said he had a notary swear him in because he wanted to participate in graduation exercises and felt he should.

This year, he didn’t even bother to show up for graduation. So much for his concern about graduation.

Every time Stan Magee votes to increase teacher salaries, he lines his own pockets as his wife is a teacher in FBISD.

Instead of wasting the District Attorney’s time with some little spat between board members, Ken Bryant would be better off if he would spend his time picking up his old political signs left over from his losing campaign. It looks bad. He could pick up some of Rickert’s too since they were such good friends.

And Magee would be better off just trying to finish out his term with what little dignity he has left as it will be his last year in public office.

With the defeat of Rickert and Bryant this May, finally the majority of the FBISD board of trustees are caring people who are interested in bringing the district as far along as they can. They don’t have time for petty personal agendas or political games. It is inconceivable to me that Magee and Bryant can continue to try to kick sand in everyone’s face.

I know for a fact that Ken Bryant’s contribution and expense reports were late, incorrect, and purposely absent important information. Maybe we should all get copies of those and file them with the Texas Ethics Commission and let the Attorney General deal with him.

Stan, I know you are an idiot, but Ken, I thought you had better sense.

Have you heard the one.....about the fiscally conservative Republicans who want to spend an extra $300,000 on Fort Bend elections because they don’t want to consolidate any of their precincts? I guess they are just like the Bush administration who came in on the promise to control spending and have spent more than any other administration in history.

Our local election administrator innocently took a look at voting precincts (which by the way are not necessarily Republican or Democrat) and based on their voting history, population, and how close they were to each other, decided to consolidate some precincts so he would not have to buy any more voting machines for a while.

Commissioners took a look at the list and offered no objections, but some Republican precinct chairs, particularly those that dislike the current county chairman Gary Gillen, threw a snot-nosed hissy fit and claimed that enemies of Gary were all on the “hit” list.

Actually, I took a look at the list of recommended precincts, matched them with their precinct chairs, and it looked like about half were Gillen supporters and half were not.

But the precinct chairs that do not support Gillen are typically complainers, so they got their legman, Commissioner Andy Meyers, to go to bat for them.

A very good thing....One precinct chair who might have lost his job due to the consolidation was Dean Hrbacek. Since Hrbacek has been the architect of the dissent in the local Republican party and wrote the new bylaws that stripped the county chair of any power whatsoever, it would be a relief and good for the party as a whole if he were gone.

He’s supposed to be thinking of running for Congress. That would guarantee that Nick Lampson, who has done a good job anyway, would keep his seat. Hrbacek couldn’t even get reelected as mayor of Sugar Land for his last term.

They work when?.....I tried to call the school district today (Monday) only to discover they are closed until July 9. So now they get a WHOLE WEEK off for July 4?

For several years they have closed on Friday during the summer by working a couple of extra hours the other four days. Somehow, that just doesn’t seem very professional to me. I’m sure there are people who want to reach the district on Friday and are stymied by their closure on that day.

Don’t ever tell me that school districts are just like private enterprise.


Contact bkcstar@earthlink.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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