The message below appeared in Don McChesney’s blog and we are re-printing it here. One of our DSW blog volunteers was very aware of the critical, behind-the-scenes role, played by Don McChesney in keeping Fernbank Science Center alive enough to be attractive to potential funders. As a board member, Don walks a very fine line because, according to SACS, “meddling” by board members is not allowed.
Don knew that just keeping Fernbank Science Center on life-support would not achieve the end goal of a public-private partnership. Through its exceptional teachers and unique programs, internal and external, FSC served more than 1,200 students per day. That must continue. But, we had to wait to say anything until Don was willing to “go public” with his work on behalf of Fernbank Science Center.
“Memo from Don McChesney
“Just before the election and I see my opponent is working overtime in the rumor mill. Let me respond.
“Fernbank Science Center: My opponent wants everyone to believe he is Fernbank Science Center’s savior. Well, that would be an error. I usually try to work behind the scenes. I am not a publicity hound, but it is now time to tell everyone what I have done in regard to [Fernbank] Science Center.
“I personally asked the superintendent to increase the budget from the proposed $1.5 million to the current $2.9 million. I am aware that the Fernbank budget needed to come down like everyone else’s but I asked for more than the budget of $1.5 million which would only have put Fernbank Science Center on life support.
“I also have been meeting with a group trying to arrange private financing which will cement Fernbank’s future as a viable entity. The group prefers to remain anonymous so I cannot discuss the details. If you think this is just another election ploy, speak with Doug Hrabe (FSC Director) or Loraine Tomassi (a longtime friend of Fernbank) and confirm what I’m saying here.
“My opponent’s impact on getting funding for Fernbank is ZERO. He has not brought together the community, the school district and private funding sources. I have.”
Next rumor: “My opponent says my ‘super secret probation’ story is that I am moving to get Druid Hills High closed. Another board member suggested some time ago that the property should be sold to an interested group in the area. I have never agreed with or promoted the idea that DHHS should be relocated.”
There you have it. Invest your vote in reason and deliberate, positive action with Don McChesney — or you can go for manipulation and lies with his opponent.
Quite frankly, we have no confidence in Orson Welles … uh, we mean Marshall Orson and his gang of Thought Police (see 1984 by George Orwell).
DeKalb School Watch continues to endorse Don McChesney for DCSS School Board, District 2.
DSW also continues to endorse Jim McMahan for District 4; Denise McGill for District 6 and Pam Speaks for District 8.
Remember to vote on Tuesday, July 31. Polls are open from 7 AM – 7PM.