We are big fans of the political blog, “Peach Pundit“. They focus on statewide politics, but sometimes post bits about DeKalb schools and keep their eye on things with us. And, of course, this political connection between DeKalb schools and the state political scene has so completely blurred that we are left essentially speechless at the blatant use of public schools and ‘parent councils’ as political gathering spots, soap boxes and salary-providers for so many politicians — our new interim superintendent leading the charge, backed by his new communications director, who is also his old communications director.
Read on for the latest on one particular big political grab.
It seems that our DeKalb County sheriff, Thomas Brown has decided he is going to run for Hank Johnson’s seat in Congress. And from there, it gets interesting. Here’s a snippet of the blogpost, DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown Holds A “Birthday Party” At Georgia Piedmont Technical College:
Sheriff Thomas Brown sure looks like he’s going to run against Rep. Hank Johnson.
He’s throwing a birthday party at Georgia Piedmont Technical College on Thursday. Or rather, his exploratory committee is…
Brown’s exploratory committee for a congressional run sent an Evite to about 150 people earlier this week for “A Birthday Celebration for Thomas Brown” at the school.
And then it gets even more interesting …
The names on the invitation list are somewhat more interesting. Among the doctors and business executives, a few public servants crept into the invitation list like Bettye Davis, Director of One DeKalb, Atlanta Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Joel Baker, Rep. Billy Mitchell and DeKalb schools chief Michael Thurmond.
And so we went digging… and found that Michael Thurmond actually serves on the advisory board of the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation. (How does he find the time?)
And we quickly found a connection between Dr. Jabari Simama, the new President of GPTC (taking office in September, 2012) and Michael Thurmond – as well as to Gene Walker –
1) Dr. Simama is the President of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He was inaugurated in February 2013. In the program for his inauguration, go to the last page and you will see Michael Thurmond’s name listed on an Advisory Board to the Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Foundation.
Here is the link to the PDF: http://www.gptc.edu/docs/news/Inauguration_program_2013.pdf
2) Eugene Walker was on the board of Georgia Piedmont Tech. College: “Other members of the Georgia Piedmont Tech Foundation Board of Trustees include Val Bates, George Fertal, Dr. Eugene Walker, Jennifer Hackemyer, Dr. JoAnn Smartt-Gaither, Joe Wilson, Jefferson Riley, and Chuck Little.”
3) And just who was on the Committee that Selected Dr. Simama for his current position as the President of GPTC? Why that would be Dr. Eugene Walker. Here’s the press release about the Search Committee: https://tcsg.edu/press_detail.php?press_id=250
We just found this all so interesting!