We read in InsideNova that the School Board voted 7-0 on Wednesday evening to remove the “hold” on the contract of Patriot High School Principal, Michael Bishop. That seems like a reasonable outcome to us. Other than what we read in the newspapers and on some Facebook pages of Bishop supporters, we don’t know anything about whatever allegations might have been made against Bishop. A unanimous vote by the School Board, with Chairman Ryan Sawyers abstaining, presumably means that whatever issues existed have been addressed satisfactorily. That’s good enough for us.
Ironically, however, we have to thank Mac Haddow, Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland, Reece Collins, or whoever wrote the post on this subject on the Haddow-Candland cabal house organ, the Sheriff of Nottingham blog, for bringing to our attention a related issue that we otherwise would have completely missed.
You see, as we’ve noted before, given how much information we’re sent from contributors and others, we typically don’t have the time to regularly survey the fabrications on the Haddow-Candland cabal blog. Even the stuff people send us from it typically can only be quickly perused before taking a place at the back of the queue. Something we were sent recently, however, caught our eye.
That something was the photograph used by the Haddow-Candland cabal in their post on this issue. We thought we’d seen it before. It appears to be the same photograph posted on the “Our Schools” Facebook group operated by former School Board candidate, Tracy Conroy. Now a number of people have believed for a while that “Our Schools” was co-opted some time ago to be nothing more than another tentacle of the Haddow-Candland cabal. But, if so. we don’t care about that at the moment. It’s not what interests us.
No, what interests us at the Muckraker was that the photograph was posted on “Our Schools” by someone named Amy Sachs. We don’t know anything about her, but just as the photograph on the Sheriff seemed familiar to us, the name Sachs also seemed familiar. In fact, we realized that the person standing on the chair and given prominent billing by Tracy Conroy in the following additional photograph on “Our Schools,” is Jeremy Sachs (we blocked out the faces of others in the photograph).
Then it hit us. We know where we’d heard that name before. It’s associated with this:
These were notes addressed to Ryan Sawyers’s wife, Jaime Sawyers, and placed surreptitiously in the Sawyers family mailbox in 2014. At the time, there was not even an inkling that Sawyers was going to run for office. He had by that time, however, started a youth baseball league that was drawing some players from the Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League. The Sawyers family called the police, who investigated and secured an admission from none other than Jeremy Sachs that he had placed the threatening notes in the Sawyers family mailbox. This same Jeremy Sachs had sent private Facebook messages to Jaime Sawyers making fun of her weight. As a result of this incident and the prior Facebook messages, the Sawyers felt compelled to file no trespass orders against Jeremy Sachs. That’s the person to whom “Our Schools” is giving prominent billing. Here is Tracy Conroy’s post on “Our Schools” again . . . in case you forgot.
We’ve noted in the past how troubling it is that both “Our Schools” and “PWC Education Reform” (which is administered by sometime Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson staffer, Kim Simons) claim to be about improving education, but with disturbing frequency traffic in innuendo, hate, and disdain, particularly for minorities and those with lower incomes. But “Our Schools” has now taken things to a whole new depth. With bullying being such an issue in the school system, it is astounding and disturbing to us that “Our Schools” would give prominent billing to someone who placed threatening notes in a women’s mailbox over a baseball league dispute.
Of course, in a show of almost unfathomable hypocrisy “Our Schools” has a tendency to complain bitterly that they are somehow being subjected to intimidation when anyone shares the views of the “Our Schools” group with a wider audience by using “Our Schools” own words and posts. Well, placing threatening notes in a woman’s mailbox saying “Watch Your Back” is real intimidation. That’s what Jeremy Sachs did, and now Tracy Conroy and “Our Schools” seem to be holding him up as a role model. Bravo!
There appears to be even more to this story. A little digging also produced the following from the website of the Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League. It’s a list of its Board of Directors, showing as President, Patriot High School Principal Michael Bishop and as Communications Director . . . Jeremy Sachs.
Thanks again for the lead, Sheriff. Without your post we would have missed all of this.