You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store
On CUEE’s board web page there’s a link,back in August. It now gets 404 “No Such URL at This Domain”.
So what’s going on? Did CUEE’s website get termites, and we should trust the public schools to a group that can’t keep track of its own supporters? Or have some of CUEE’s supporters defected Continue reading
“The members of the CUEE, they send their children to private schools.”Beyond what Alex Rowell pointed out, that several CUEE board and supporters are Valwood trustees or donors. The Chamber is also closely tied to Valwood.
The Chamber and Valwood are actually even more tightly coupled than the graphic indicates. According to Valwood’s own website:
Valwood Board Elects Officers and TrusteesNow let’s look at the Chamber’s board. Tom Gooding is the Chamber’s Chair, and Terri Lupo is on the board, and is the Chamber’s immediate past Chair. That’s right, Gooding and Lupo just switched spots (Chair and past Chair) with both the Chamber and Valwood.
May 27, 2011
Valwood’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has elected the following officers who, along with Tom Gooding as Immediate Past Chairman and Dutton Miller as “Chairman’s Choice,” will serve on the Board’s Executive Committee for the coming school year:Terri Lupo – Chairman of the BoardAlso, the Board of Trustees has re-elected the following Trustees to 3 year terms beginning July 1:
Billy Tidmore – Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect
Jack Henry – Treasurer/Chairman of Finance Committee
Jim Godbee – Secretary
Brooks Akins Laura Perlman Mike Godwin Sally Querin Tom Gooding April Scruggs Bill Peeples
Plus as the above graphic points out, there are further intersections between the Chamber board and CUEE supporters. So the Chamber, CUEE, and Valwood are tightly intercoupled.
It seems we have a group of private school supporters trying to take over both the local public school systems. Does that seem right to you?
Here’s the crossovers from the CUEE/Valwood donor list.
It seems like being on the board or even publicly supporting a group dedicated to combining two public school systems while being a trustee or donor of the community’s biggest private school might present a conflict of interest.
Of the listed supporters on CUEE’s website, there are three Valwood trustees, one of whom is a spouse of another trustee: Ed Crane, Dutton Miller, and John Peeples (whose wife Jane is also a trustee).
Source on Valwood donors:
2010-2011 Annual Fund Donors As of June 30, 2011