We hear through the grapevine that when David Jones wins his election for school board on Tuesday, a nice lawsuit will be filed in Jefferson Circuit Court.
The Kentucky Revised Statutes seem to make clear that Jones is ineligible to serve.
Specifically, KRS 160.180 states:
(g) Who, at the time of his election, is directly or indirectly interested in the sale to the board of books, stationery, or any other property, materials, supplies, equipment, or services for which school funds are expended
The lawsuit, which will be filed by Thomas Armistead, says Jones is ineligible to serve because (from the draft suit):
- Health Teacher, this is a company bought about a month ago by JCPS from Kosair Charities that provides on-line health service for parents of JCPS students. The products are still provided by a company owned by Chrysalis Ventures in which Defendant has an active financial interest.
- Straighterline, a company that provides online educational services which will provide “college degrees” in support of the 55,000 degrees program endorsed by JCPS; and with Straighterline now affiliated with Jefferson Community and Technical College
- Humana. Major shareholder, on the Board, etc., provides health insurance for all 270,000 plus state employees, including JCPS employees; which provides millions of dollars of profit for Humana and David Jones, Jr.
- David Jones, Jr., admitted for publication that eight companies of Chrysalis Ventures has in the past or will in the future provide products and/or services to students and parents for JCPS.
So it looks like Jones is going to have a lot to look forward to.
An interesting bit in KRS 160.180 we feel important to point out:
(3) If, after the election of any member of the board, he becomes interested in any contract with or claims against the board, of the kind mentioned in paragraph (g) of subsection (2) of this section, or if he moves his residence from the district for which he was chosen, or if he attempts to influence the hiring of any school employee, except the superintendent of schools or school board attorney, or if he does anything that would render him ineligible for reelection, he shall be subject to removal from office pursuant to KRS 415.050 and 415.060.
Which means he won’t be able to get the PR executive a job once he’s elected, either.