It’s no secret that DeKalb BOE Region 1 (Chamblee/Dunwoody cluster) Board Member Stan Jester supports a separate Doraville HS. He and his fellow supporters of “Option A” have often pointed to Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman as a solid ally in that endeavor. Heck, what community would not desire a brand new, $100 million modern high school for their students?
A little background on my reasons for this post:
On November 16th, Rebekah Morris updated her blog
post to include an updated position from Mayor Pittman: https://georgianeducator.org/2016/11/13/no-new-elementary-school-for-cross-keys-and-more/.
From the updated post, you can read the email exchange between Mayor Pittman and Ms. Rebekah Morris. Mayor Pittman’s priority AT THIS TIME is improving the conditions at current Doraville elementary schools and working toward a new Doraville ES (which were part of the early plans submitted by DCSD). Nowhere in the email exchange does Mayor Pittman disavow her support for a Doraville high school – it is just not her #1 priority AT THIS TIME.
Later in the afternoon of November 16th, Stan Jester posted an
entry on his blog, http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2016/11/6873/
entitled “Doraville Mayor on WABE: I
would love a high school in Doraville”.
What was his purpose? Was his post an attempt to embarrass Mayor Pittman because she reassessed the situation and believed the priority should be a new elementary school? Was the post an attempt to round up the “usual suspects” on his blog to denounce and harass Mayor Pittman? It seems many who posted on his blog failed to read that this interview was done in 2015. To assail someone, in this case Mayor Pittman, because they reassessed their priorities is ludicrous.
Previously, Mr. Jester posted a letter on his blog that the Kingsley Elementary and Chesnut Elementary school councils submitted to all members of the DeKalb Board of Education. The letter was to make sure the concerns of these 2 often forgotten schools in Dunwoody were being properly communicated to the school district. Mr. Jester titled the blog
post “Chesnut ES and Kingsley ES Not A Fan of Their School Board Rep” http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2016/11/6857/.
The letter from the Kingsley and Chesnut ES school councils was in no way a personal attack on
Mr. Jester, but one would never know that from the title of the blog post. Mr. Jester showed a lack of concern for those he was elected to represent by posting this letter on his blog. Upon receiving the letter, Mr. Jester should
have reached out to the Kingsley and Chesnut communities and discussed their
concerns privately. His actions have exacerbated the tensions
within the Dunwoody school cluster which have never been very cordial, at least
at the elementary school level.
For some, Mayor Pittman becomes the enemy, along with Kim Gokce and the Dunwoody HS, PCMS, Kingsley and Chesnut school councils, because they support, for their own different and valid reasons, Option B.
I was a big fan of Stan Jester's wife, Nancy Jester, during her tenure on
the BOE. I will always be grateful for her "unmasking" of the financial malfeasance taking place within DCSD. I cannot say the same about Mr.
Jester’s tenure on the BOE to this point.
I hope Mr. Jester can put aside his personal desires and animosities and remember that he was elected to work with and engage ALL schools within his Region, not just those schools which support HIS views.