First in a series.
On February 20, 2013 The Schilling Show issued a series of three questions (restated below) to members of the Albemarle County School Board regarding convicted sexual batterer—and current Albemarle County Supervisor—Chris Dumler.
Heretofore completely silent, four of seven school board members have issued responsive statements. To date, board members Barbara Mouley, Pam Moynihan, and board Chair, Steve Koleszar have not acknowledged The Schilling Show’s initial inquiry.
Original questions and Ned Gallaway’s response follows:
Q1: Current Albemarle County School Board policy does not bar Mr. Dumler from visiting Albemarle County school property while students are present. Do you have any concerns regarding Mr. Dumler being on Albemarle County school property while children are present?
A: I think a visit to a school or school event by Supervisor Dumler would be an incredible distraction – for students, parents, and staff. His personal decisions have created the intense public environment/scrutiny he is now living with and a visit to a school will be disruptive. I believe Mr. Dumler understands his presence in a school would be distracting and – out of respect – I think he will choose to not disrupt the education of our children or the work of our staff. Although not legally barred – I request Mr. Dumler not visit a school at this time.
Q2: In light of the Dumler situation (an elected convicted sexual batterer who can roam our schools), do you believe Albemarle County School Board policy needs amending? If so, how?
A: Va Code delineates that 2 instances of such (sexual battery) crosses a line. Frankly, I’m not sure I understand the rationale (2 versus 1?). The General Assembly needs to deal with that issue. As far as school board policy – I think it is prudent for the school board to discuss the matter and make a determination – in public and on the record.
Q3: Will you personally call for Mr. Dumler to resign from his position? Why or why not?
Rob – I have got to know Chris Dumler over the past few years and consider him a friend – which makes this whole experience even more nauseating. Since his arrest – outside of joint meetings with the Board of Supervisors – and since his plea agreement – I have not met or spoke with Mr. Dumler to tell him how I feel about his actions. He has certainly undermined his integrity and his ability to govern. Now – where I come from – when you know someone personally – you tell them how you feel – direct and in person – before you air it in public. It may not be politically wise but it is how I choose to handle it. I will meet with Chris Dumler and tell him what I think. My view on his resignation will be part of the conversation. I am more than willing to follow up – publicly – after that meeting.
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About the Author: Rob Schilling is founder of The Schilling Show Blog and News; host of WINA's The Schilling Show, heard weekdays from noon to 2 PM; husband; father; and community watchdog.