A couple weeks ago I reported on some behind the scene machinations from a group looking to thwart freshmen board member Lori Hershey from becoming vice chair. They had sent letters to the other board members questioning her fitness, you can read the piece Dirty Tricks
should you want to.
I was told that Mrs. Hershey was the recipient of several vindictive freedom of information requests so I asked the district for a list of all the freedom of information requests over the last three months and sure enough there were two of them from Ken Kniepmann entitled opposition research who asked for:
Information regarding the sessions attended by Board Member Lori Hershey at the Florida School Boards Association Summer Conference, held June 14,
15, 16, 2017 in Tampa Florida. A document listing the sessions is attached for your convenience. If used, acknowledge attendance at sessions by checking
the appropriate box. Not all sessions will apply. If not used, please provide a list all sessions that were attended
An electronic copy of any and all communications by Board Member Lori Hershey since 6/1/2017, limited to the following: (1) All text messages from any
private or personal cell number(s) being used for public business or public communications, including communications with board members, school district
employees, constituents, and local, county or state officials. (2) Emails from any private or personal email addresses, including but not limited to
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, being used for public business or public communications, including communications with board
members, school district employees, constituents, and local, county or state officials.
They are bad enough but there was also a a third suspicious request from Bob, yes just Bob who requested:
(1) An electronic copy of any and all documents received since November 1, 2017, by the Duval County School Board, or Member Lori Hershey alleging
ethics violations on the part of Board Member Hershey. (2) An electronic copy of the statement read by Board Member Lori Hershey at the meeting on
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in response to apparent allegations of ethics violations. (3) An electronic copy of any and all communications, including but
not limited to, business or personal phones(text messages) or emails, between School Board member Lori Hershey and Becki Couch, and/or Paula Wright
and/or Karen Chastain, including any staff members of the General Counsel in regards to the matter referenced above, since November 1, 2017. This
request includes, but is not limited to, any document drafts, new or amended ethics compliance documents, and/or opinions offered by the General
Counsel to Board Member Hershey
All that for Bob.
I asked the district if they had maybe omitted his last name, and they said no, that the request had come from Bob, just Bob.
I sometimes get some grief from people when I talk about Gary Chartrand and his cabal of friends who I believe are seeking to control our public schools. I have been looked at like I was Mel Gibson in the late 90′ movie Conspiracy Theory by more than a few people.
But here we have somebody named Bob and another man Ken Kneipmann digging for dirt about a school board member, and a very good one at that. Why?
There are forces some working behind the scenes while others like in Tallahassee working squarely in the light who are looking to do our public schools harm. One of them is Bob.