Knowing the difference is the entirety of the context behind the last night’s Bay Waveland School District Trustee discussion and vote at the Bay City Council meeting. First we have this:
Paul’s rendition of the events involving last night’s City Council meeting is spot on. Councilman Reed did read such a letter. My thought on that subject comport to those of Alice and Michelle. I had another councilman bring up receiving a nasty gram or two on this subject just like when Mrs. Arnold was appointed last July with Councilman Seal bringing up such an instance. Nasty grams and school board appointments have that time honored pattern in the Bay. So much effort for so little per diem indeed.
Folks, Hancock County got to watch the Courtney Thomas library drama unfold last year, so predicting a bad spinoff show for this year’s spring season for the school board seat involving Momma was a no brainer as was predicting it’s cancellation. That said it takes both talent and dedication to alienate both the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and the Mayor of the County’s largest City.
In any event, for all the posturing we saw at last night’s meeting, the City Council members that were very critical of the Mayor’s choice of Ms. Lathrop didn’t seem to want to discuss any of the Mayor’s reasons for letting Ms. Thomas go after two years of service and replacing her with Ms. Lathrop. I reckon it was easier to play the race card than to discuss actual issues. Voting against Ms. Lathrop’s appointment were Councilmen Reed and Zimmerman with Councilman Seal attempting to have it both ways.
Finally, I’ll tackle the reason why the Bay Waveland School Board maintained diversity with Ms. Lathrop’s appointment despite the fact she replaces an African American since it is a hot potato. Bay St Louis is one of the most if not the most socially tolerant place in Mississippi and it has the diversity in its citizenry to prove it. Ms. Lathrop spent her career building her reputation as a talented science educator and is correctly defined by that fact in the context of being a school board appointee. That said, the LGBT community pays boatloads of money in property taxes in Bay St Louis and they have as much at stake with the doings at the local school district as any other group or citizen. I am told Ms. Lathrop will represent everyone in her capacity as Board Trustee but make no mistake folks, the BWSD’s Board of Trustees is no less diverse today than they were last week, even if the colors on the outside changed.
Below is the entire memorandum Mayor Favre sent out last week on why he felt that Ms. Lathrop was the best choice for school board and decide for yourself why the City Council members that were so critical of the Mayor didn’t want to discuss it: