John Wood, CEO of Telos, and a prominent Loudoun businessman (and good guy from what I hear) is being put out front by the school lobby as a businessman in favor of “fully funding” the proposed school budget. He was prominently mentioned in a Leesburg Today editorial in this aspect, and now is the subject of a post at School Board member John Stevens’ blog. Wood is the Chairman of the Economic Development Commission and has signed his letter posted by Stevens in that capacity. Is he speaking for the entire committee and/or the entire business community?
What many may not know, and which they should keep in mind, is that John Wood gave a job to School Board Chairman Robert DuPree after he was let go from his conflicted job at the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA). He apparently employs DuPree as a lobbyist. This relationship would certainly provide DuPree with extraordinary access to Wood to in turn lobby him on school issues. Any future news reports concerning statements by Wood on school matters should disclose this pertinent fact. John Wood also happens to be a prominent member of the Joint Board of Supervisors – School Board Committee. I would suggest to the members of that committee that perhaps another businessman without such close ties to the School Board Chairman would be a more appropriate choice in that role. At the very least, Wood should disclose this fact before every meeting.
Update: DuPree and Hatrick are both actually ON the EDC, so I guess they got to vote on the resolution supporting their own budget! How convenient!