Dear CleiJo and Kevin,
Quite a few people have come up to me in the last month and said, Aren’t you glad you’re not on the school board anymore? I usually smile and nod, but in my heart, I’m sorry not to be there anymore. I’ve always considered my time serving the county to be among the most important things I have done, even when–and perhaps especially when–it was not easy. It’s not easy now, I know, as you consider the GSA at Franklin County High School. I wonder if I could tell you my thoughts, as someone who served along the both of you during other difficult moments?
Let me say, though, that I’m sorry I can’t be at tonight’s meeting. In fact, I am in Washington DC with my wife and sons. Our spring breaks line up this year, and we thought the boys ought to see the nation’s capital. Today we are going to some of the museums, and will make our way in the evening to the Lincoln Memorial. It’s a favorite site of mine, one all Americans should visit at some point, a place to reflect on what our nation means to us.
I know there are candidates running against both of you this August, and they will hold you accountable for your votes on the extracurricular clubs. But you know as well as I do that you were not elected to get rid of these clubs. And you know as well as I do that getting rid of the clubs is a bad thing for the students of the county.
But let’s get to the heart of the matter. The GSA may not be to your liking, or maybe it is– I don’t know where you stand on the matter. But the fact is that these students are among the most vulnerable members of our community, and their rights need to be protected. Yes, you might very well lose your seat this August for defending the GSA. But if people like you do not stand up for them, who will?
Again, it pains me not to be at tonight’s meeting, which I am sure will not be pleasant. But, as my family and I are at the Lincoln Memorial this evening, you will be in my thoughts. Best of luck, my friends!
Former School Board Representative
Franklin County TN 5th District