We have this from the last Bay St Louis Council meeting:
I watched the last Council meeting live stream and Stacey’s story was short a couple of paragraphs because not everyone that spoke was highlighted in her coverage. For example one of Ms. Thomas’ former students speak on her behalf which is a testimony to how well respected she is by her former students and that speaks well to her time as a teacher in the Bay Waveland Schools.
Another of the public speakers on the topic of the school board appointment was David Wells, who I thought did exceptionally well making his points in a way that most respectful of Ms. Thomas. For those that are uninitiated in the ways of a Facebook live stream is the audience gets throw cyber-rotten tomatoes in the form of emojis such as angry emoji, the ‘rolling on the floor laughing my ass off’ (ROTFLMAO) emoji etc and sure enough when Mr. Wells started his remarks so did the rotten tomatoes. Then something happened about half way into his time when the assembled audience in the Council chambers were told of the declining, abysmal accreditation scores at the elementary schools and let out an audible gasp. Mr. Wells spoke to nut and bolt issues and never in fact mentioned Ms. Thomas once by name in his remarks. It was very well done.
The point I want to make is a bit over a week ago I predicted there would be a change on the school board and I stand by that prediction. Here Slabbed has no inside intel, no leaks as to who Mayor Favre is appointing other than knowing it will not be Ms. Thomas. Somehow though, things have gotten nasty. As we have this public service alert from Facebook:
So, apparently, someone paid to spam the residents of the Bay-Waveland area with a text in attempt to disparage my mother, Joan Thomas. I will say three things:
1. It is disgusting that these people are using the school board to push their own political agendas.
2. Every vote that my mother cast was done with the best interest of the children of the BWSD in mind.
3. I challenge them to put the resume of ANY applicant next to Joan’s resume. Not lies, nor innuendo, but a side-by-side comparison of qualifications.
Councilman Smith offered his sympathies:
Larry Smith oh I am so sorry this has happened..i know it happened to you too! My heart goes out to you and your mom.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage…
Sorry folks that was last post. What I mean is the Ca Ca is getting very deep.
See, it seems just like yesterday when Cody was telling Councilman Smith some whoppers about her education credentials back when the Library system was topical here at Slabbed. Turns out Slabbed was also covering one of the first official acts of then new Mayor Mike Favre’s administration in appointing Vicki Arnold to the Bay Waveland School Board. At that meeting, speaking to those assembled in chambers about Mrs. Arnold’s appointment was none other than Ms. Courtney Thomas, who said some pretty nasty things about Mrs. Arnold and her capacity to serve on the school board. Cody’s comments are there for everyone to see in the City’s Facebook Livestream timeline for those wishing to go back to July, 2017. This is what I wrote back then:
For all the venom that was spewed behind the scenes and somewhat in public comments last night, I heard not one reason why Arnold was unfit for the position.
At this point I’d like to introduce the pot to the kettle and close with this.
Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about ~ Matthew 7:12
Sounds like we have another week of drama on tap folks.