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School board member using platform to promote political beliefs


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 19, 2021 - 3:06 PM

In July 2019, I addressed the Coweta County School Board questioning board member Linda Menk’s decision-making ability, sense of priority and directly asked who gave her the power to decide what the public she serves is entitled to.

On Jan. 15, 2021 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ms. Menk is quoted explaining her attendance at the Jan. 6 “Save America” rally. “I attended a rally in support of your right to vote and to have your voice and vote count.” Ms. Menk is an elected SCHOOL BOARD member sworn to represent District 4 and “truly and faithfully discharge all of the duties required of me by law as a member of the Board of Education of Coweta County.” Ms. Menk has sworn to support Coweta County Schools and its students not my right to vote — which I already have.

Sworn to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia, Ms. Menk attended a rally to demonstrate against the constitutional work of the U.S. Congress and the Senate. If she wishes to affect change in the federal processes, she needs to resign from the Coweta County School Board and run for an office where she can take action and discharge duties assigned for that political office.

Although Ms. Menk has the right to support her political party, I question again her decision to use public forums to once more express her support for opinions opposed to the vision and purpose of the Coweta County School System.

How long do we continue to enable this behavior and distract the work of the School Board before it becomes irreparably detrimental to the school system operations and, more importantly, the students who are the future of our county?

Ken Bennett

Newnan