Bacon in frying pan: Mayor, Cobb BoE chair in dispute over south Cobb schools
by Jon Gillooly
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SMYRNA — The dispute between Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon and Cobb Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci over the state of schools in south Cobb has resulted in a standoff.

The fracas began during Bacon’s State of the City address Thursday, where the mayor expressed his displeasure none of the Cobb school board members attended.

During that speech and after, Bacon spoke of his frustration with the school board for “shortchanging” schools in south Cobb.

“I think the problem is on the school board you’ve got Tim Stultz — I don’t know who else represents this district, but they’re up there — and it’s all about east Cobb, it’s all about Walton, and I don’t have any problem with that. I’m not knocking any of those communities. I’m just saying give me the same that you have in east Cobb and west Cobb, and give me the same thing in Smyrna,” Bacon said.

While the audience at his speech included candidates for the Georgia House, Cobb Superior Court and Congress, Bacon said the most important vote residents could make in the July 22 runoff is the one between incumbent Stultz and challenger Susan Thayer. The winner in that Republican primary goes on to face Democrat Kenya Pierre in November.

“If you’re happy with the way the schools are in south Cobb, then you should support who the incumbent is,” Bacon said.

Bacon to Angelucci: Glad you’re stepping down

Angelucci emailed Bacon on Thursday evening, writing she was disappointed to hear about his negative comments concerning Stultz.

“Perhaps you will have the good grace to apologize to Mr. Stultz in the same public manner in which you besmirched him ... one can only hope,” she wrote.

Bacon didn’t let her email go unanswered. He wrote her back, saying he’s never met her, doesn’t know her and bets she’s never been to Smyrna.

“Glad you are not seeking re-election … that in itself will be an improvement for our schools ... hope you have a great weekend,” Bacon wrote.

Angelucci responded Friday, copying Randy Scamihorn, the board’s vice chairman, and interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and Stultz.

“Actually, we met several years ago and while you are correct about me not knowing you, you would lose your bet about my never having been to Smyrna and schools in Smyrna,” Angelucci wrote.

During the question-and-answer part of Bacon’s State of the City address, someone asked him about overcrowding at Argyle Elementary School. Bacon told the questioner there should be someone from the school board in attendance to answer that question, but there wasn’t.

Angelucci addressed this point in her email, asking if Bacon invited her or Scamihorn to his speech.

“No,” she answered. “Did you talk about our plan to address overcrowding in schools and specifically the hiring of 300-plus teachers to address overcrowding? No. Did you talk about our pledge to build three elementary schools instead of just two as is stated in the notebook? No. One statement you made is true: you don’t know anything about what the board has done or does. One point for you.”

School board hired Ragsdale, Rivera

Angelucci also pushed back on Bacon’s remark the school board has failed to address the disparity between schools in south Cobb and east Cobb.

“In your haste to campaign for Susan Thayer, you misled the people you are supposed to represent,” Angelucci told him.

“The very people you named as those you are encouraged by, (Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and Grant Rivera) are direct changes this board took to effect change, specifically in south Cobb.”

Angelucci asked Bacon if his comments were those of “a respectable mayor.”

“No. They appear to be a stump speech for a candidate of choice,” Angelucci said. “You are also right about all of us doing better in south Cobb — we have been working to improve that; if you were so frustrated, why haven’t you appealed to others on the board?”

Angelucci closed by writing she found his remarks toward her “interesting.”

“Let’s see how truly vested you are in improving south Cobb; I am inviting you to meet with me, the superintendent and Vice Chair Randy Scamihorn,” she wrote, suggesting the last week of July.

“I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Kathleen Angelucci.”

The MDJ asked Bacon if he planned to attend. Bacon said he did not.

“It’s a little too late for that,” Bacon said. “I don’t want to meet with her. I’m going to tell her this, ‘If you will, tell Tim if he will get out from behind your skirt then he can come talk to me anytime he wants to.’”

Bacon also denied he had endorsed Thayer.

“If she’s so dadgum smart, and she says I’m supporting Susan Thayer. If she’ll show me anything where I have endorsed Susan Thayer, I will move out of this county,” Bacon said. “And that’s what’s so pitiful. But you know what? I’m just disappointed in Tim. If he’s not man enough to come talk to me, and he has to go through her, Angelucci, that does concern me more than anything now. What’s that woman’s name? Angelucci? I don’t like arguing with Polacks.”

Stultz to Bacon: I have a full-time job

For his part, Stultz sent Bacon an email Friday morning in which he said he understood Bacon was upset by his absence.

“As I have explained to you in the past, I do work a full-time job in Decatur,” Stultz told Bacon.

“My employer has been very reasonable during my tenure on the school board to allow me flexibility to attend to my duties as a school board member. I have even had to make special arrangements to serve on the Smyrna Vision Committee and attend the morning meetings in Smyrna. Unfortunately, there are many extra events that occur during the day that I must miss in order to meet my obligations to my employer. It is a privilege to be elected to serve, even more so being a working-class citizen. I thank you for your understanding, and please accept my regret for not being able to attend your address.”

The next meeting of the school board is at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the board room at 514 Glover St., Marietta.

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Bye bye Angelucci
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July 14, 2014
As someone who lives in Ms. Angelucci’s post, I find her comments hypocritical and entertaining…. The article notes Angelucci saying "you would lose your bet about my never having been to Smyrna and schools in Smyrna" – WOW, because she has NEVER attended an event in the 3 schools my children attend (in her own Post!). “Angelucci addressed this point in her email, asking if Bacon invited her or Scamihorn to his speech” – WOW, even if you do invite her, she is notorious for being a NO SHOW….”Angelucci finally is noted as saying “One statement you made is true: you don’t know anything about what the board has done or does. One point for you.” WOW, this is how she speaks to stakeholders in her post, with disdain and self-righteousness. Angelucci got elected because of the MDJ, ask Bill Borden. POST 2 – don’t fall for the MDJ’s tactics because they are trying to manipulate your vote. Trying to associate Mr. Bacon’s boorish behavior with Susan Thayer. And then ‘good cop’ Stultz comes in with his sincere email apology for not attending many events – PLEASE. From what I have heard, Susan Thayer is the right choice for school board – the alternative is 4 more years of Mr. Stultz’s feckless leadership.
kssk
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July 15, 2014
WOW YOU ARE REALLY OUT OF TOUCH!
South Cobb Parent
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July 18, 2014
Absolutely right - we don't need 4 more years of a rep who doesn't listen at all to the people he represents. He was the anti-cash vote - that is the only reason he got elected in the first place. TS voted against the calendar, against the rebuild of HL and against textbooks.
Watcher...
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July 14, 2014
Transparency of Governments is welcomed!
Rhett Writer
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July 14, 2014
Somebody ask Hizzoner how many baord meetings he has attended to plase his case.

While you are at it, ask him why he was willing to sacrifice school funds for am ill-advised project called Jonquil Village, the a TAD.

Ask him about how his people vote ont he ESPLOST.
THE TRUTH
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July 14, 2014
Is anyone not asking why the contents of these e-mails are appearing in the paper? Mrs. Angelucci continues to wear her feelings on her sleeve and fight her battles out in the public sphere by sending open copy e-mails to the paper. This is childish behavior and something that is not becoming of the Chairperson of the school board. If she has a problem with someone, rather than doing it in such a public forum to get headlines, simply pick up the phone and call.
Be Careful
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July 14, 2014
That Max is still mayor is totally the fault of the citizens of that city. Why on earth do they keep electing him?????????

But to be fair, the Cobb School Board couldn't manage it's way out of a wet paper bag.

I have been to board meetings and watched them on TV.

I have NEVER seen a more disfunctional group of people. It's like watching someone try to swim in peanut butter it takes them SO LONG to make any decisions amongst endless useless discussions.

And they have no clue how to handle money. They complain about not having enough money yet they spend untold millions on useless and unneeded projects.
Smyrna Muerte
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July 14, 2014
So true.

The Smyrna Council, with Max Bacon at the helm, put the Fun in DysFunctional.

As long as he and those deeply embedded cronies of his still have a hand in what goes on, Smyrna is screwed.
Leave
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July 14, 2014
Mr. Mayor, I think your time and talent should be spent to breaking away from CCSD. Lets see how you will fund that? With all your supporters in the blogs hating the way they are represented I think that would be your best move. Maybe then you can try your own ESPLOST - good luck with that! Post 2 did not support ESPLOST last time, maybe they will have a change of heart. DOUBT IT!

Smyrna Voter
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July 14, 2014
I agreed with Mayor Bacon in the original argument. There is a disparity between the schools in South Cobb. The East Cobb parents pay for a lot that CCSD doesn't cover through donations and the foundation. However, instead of throwing ethnic slurs, here's a thought. Why isn't our mayor talking with some of our local businesses and philanthropists about starting a Smyrna schools foundation to even out the playing field since we haven't had a school board member willing to step up and do so ? Even though they aren't technically, Smyrna, I know many families in Vinings who would likely contribute as their children are zoned for Campbell middle and high schools. But what do I know? I'm just a Polack.
anonymous
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July 14, 2014
Max Bacon does not do anything that doesn't benefit him personally.

It would be too much like RIGHT if he were to do as you've suggested.

And don't think for one minute that his right hand henchwoman, Mellany "Red" Pritchett is ever going to bend his ear and convince him to do the "right thing" either.

Like petulant children, they stomp their feet when someone tells them NO or they don't get their way. And even worse still is the belligerent, arrogant, and condescending way he speaks to everyone who isn't patting him on the back.

Which Way Ray
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July 14, 2014
How long till Bacon is seeking a Smyrna School System to be like Marietta?
Southern Mom
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July 14, 2014
Mayor Bacon and his ethnic slurs give all of Georgia and the entire South a black eye. This is why we get stereotyped, for good reason. People like him make us all look like troglodytes!
Mom comment
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July 13, 2014
Why should miss Thayer have to answer if she voted for Romney, she is running for school Board.

I grew up in a family were my father commonly called people Pollacks. He calls my brothers kids the little Pollacks all the time. My 88 year old mother thought my nephew was marrying a girl that was Italian, I told her no they are Polish. People who are older and of Grrman, Irish or Scot descent grew up referring to themselves and others by shortened ethnic names. Germans are Krauts, we used at laugh at my grandfathers hat as a kid and call it a nazi bomber pilot hat, it was a funny joke between cousins.

I went to a high school with about 50% of the students were Polish, all you ever heard were Pollack jokes. It is not offensive.
Polish American
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July 14, 2014
Actually, it is quite offensive, especially as it was clearly meant to be an insult. Many Poles came to this country to escape mass genocide during WWII due to anti Polish sentiment from the Nazis, Ukranian Nationalists, and Soviets.
Balmoral girl
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July 14, 2014
Is Mayor Bacon demented in his old age? Certainly he endorsed Stultz's challenger, by targeting Stultz, setting up the entire question in the first place.

South Cobb school are lacking -- in parent participation, discipline and dedicated parents willing to step up and fund and manage foundations. They have no political power, aren't for the most part executive types and don't have Realtors boosting their area like cheerleaders on Red Bull. Bacon had a point there. But all that isn't Tim Stultz's fault. One woman with an educrat resume, who's never cared enough about politics to vote in years (that fact is out there in the public among school board watchers, Mayor Bacon)cannot and won't change the problems in south Cobb schools. Perhaps Mayor Bacon would care to share how he gets away with being the big shot of such a wanting city, safe haven for illegal aliens (who drag down the schools) and one that's raising taxes to boot. Maybe the Pollocks you are so quick to mock, Mayor Big Bacon, would laugh at your slur in 2014, if there were any around town. But us regular people simply hear you and think, "What a pathetic small time mayor trying to be a the big fish in a very small and insignificant inner circle."
Smyrna Muerte
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July 14, 2014
Quite right PA!

Just because you heard an ethnic slur your "whole life" doesn't make it right or not offensive.

Think Again
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July 14, 2014
I am older and was raised in a family of Scots who were first and second generation, and if we had ever used a term that was less than proper regarding another human, my beloved grandfather would have taken care of the matter then and there. Please do not assume that all Anglo-Saxon Protestants share your acceptance of such language.
My Heritage
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July 13, 2014
Wow, what other words does Max use when agitated?!

If Mrs. Thayer does not come out and condemn this behavior, I will have to assume she condones the use of ethnic slurs, and as such does not deserve to be considered to serve in a post that represents one of the most diverse populations in the metro area.
Post 2 Dad
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July 14, 2014
This is not Ms. Thayer's issue. She is merely running for a position that is sorely in need of change.

The fact that Bacon decided to insert his foot in his mouth is unfortunate.

Don't see how you can draw the parallel on her condoning use of ethnic slurs. That's like telling me I support people who don't clean up after their pets if I don't condemn their behavior.

You're waaay off base here.
My Heritage
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July 14, 2014
No, that is where you are wrong. Mrs. Thayer obviously is courting Max's support. When you court someone's favor, you run the risk of taking the good with the bad...if she is not savvy enough to realize he is/was/ and always will be a loose cannon, than she is probably not savvy enough to serve in elected office. Rest assured, had max thrown a slur at an African American she would have been in the press ASAP distancing herself from him.
Smyrna Resident
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July 13, 2014
Parents of Smyrna have been working tirelessly to improve the schools, donating time and money and we have been completely ignored or received rude condescending representation from our current school board member. We are fed up and Mayor Bacon is just sharing the frustration that lots of Smyrna residents feel.
You Forgot Someone
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July 13, 2014
And his name is David Morgan. If anyone should be OFF this school board, it is he. Morgan hasn't done anything for the South Cobb schools that he represents and has been a horrible school board member.
Samuel Adams
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July 14, 2014
And Morgan has numerous conflicts of interest and is a real tacky guy to boot (or should I say booty?)

But this is about Mayor Bacon and his inappropriate and character-revealing comments about two sitting school board members. Any way you slice and dice this, Bacon looks like a grumpy, vindictive, arrogant, un-educated man.

Do Your Homework
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July 13, 2014
Mayor Max Bacon & Smyrna residents of like mind that are busy attacking their Post 2 School Board member Tim Stultz, the school board and residents in other areas of the county complaining how they are always passed over . . . they need only to look in their own backyard! Bacon & his disgruntled constituents need to do their homework! Post 2 by a majority voted AGAINST ESPLOST 4 & they are the only post to do so! (SOURCE: Cobb Board of Elections)

Then there is the issue of Candidate Thayer. If Ms. Thayer is/was so concerned about Post 2 schools then why didn't Ms. Thayer cast a vote for E-SPLOST 4 in 2013?

This is a person when asked said she voted for Mitt Romney in the last Presidential Primary, March 6, 2012.

According to Ms. Thayer's voting record she has not entered a voting booth since 2008. Give me a break!
Post 2 Dad
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July 14, 2014
It is entirely possible and plausible to be supportive of our schools and education, and also be opposed to additional taxes.

In spite of my volunteer and financial support for Cobb Schools, I voted against ESPLOST. Simply because I do not trust ALL of the current board to make good quality decisions with the money.

Momof 2
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July 13, 2014
Did a quick check, Mayor Bacon you and those that are blasting the CCSB also reside in the post that had a majority vote against the ESPOST - so why complain about building a new school in your post? If you really were concerned more would have voted for the ESPLOST. Seems like you and your bloggers are just sour grapes.
Post 2 regrets
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July 13, 2014
Is anyone else amazed at how quickly the MDJ was privy to these email exchanges? Hopefully I'm not the only seeing through this obvious bias.

So, what does the MDJ stand to gain for being so ingratiated with KA?

If we can manage to rid ourselves of this CCSB original gang of four, and reset things, then Cobb County might have a fighting chance.

Mayor Bacon...I'm so dissapointed that you chose to stoop to their level. Now, we all lose.
Smyrna Muerte
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July 13, 2014
You're not serious, are you?

Max Bacon is THE most contemptuous, arrogant, condescending man to ever sit in the mayor's chair.

If you've ever been to even one council meeting, then you'd have seen, as have I, the reprehensible way he speaks to the citizens of this city.

And his evil henchwoman, Mellany Pritchett, is every bit as foul as he is.

Smyrna will never be the city it could and should be as long as Bacon and his cronies have their hands in it!
Smyrna Muerte
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July 13, 2014
You're not serious, are you?

Max Bacon is THE most contemptuous, arrogant, condescending man to ever sit in the mayor's chair.

If you've ever been to even one council meeting, then you'd have seen, as have I, the reprehensible way he speaks to the citizens of this city.

And his evil henchwoman, Mellany Pritchett, is every bit as foul as he is.

Smyrna will never be the city it could and should be as long as Bacon and his cronies have their hands in it!
anonymous
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July 14, 2014
Didn't you write the same thing when you were harping against the calendar months ago? To refer to "the original gang of four" tells me that 1. you were ignorant of the CCSB prior to the balanced calendar issue several years ago and 2. You are one of those people who targeted Ms. Angelucci because of her stand on that issue. Is it also possible that you and your activists were the ones who suggested Mayor Bacon's comments (shame on him for listening to your advice without understanding how off base you are on all CCSB issues). Mayor Bacon, you got some bad scoop.
Just a thought....
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July 16, 2014
These are not private emails if they are sent on a city/county/BOE computer, or are sent using an email address from an account associated with the city/county or BOE. All employees and officials sign something saying they understand this. As such, they are probably open records.
Time for Bacon to Go
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July 13, 2014
Reading the article was interesting and gave me a laugh until the end where the Mayor of Smryna used totally inappropriate language about the last name of the Board Chair. It doesn't take much to see that the name is Italian and not Polish but that is beyond the point. There are many Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and others in his post and this would be totally unacceptable for him to bash their heritage. It is the same for an Italian or Polish person. Even more frustrating: he said it to the newspaper. Imagine what he says when not being recorded. Can we please ask the NAACP, MALDEF, or other similar group to review his comments and ask that he step down immediately. I say send the story to CNN.
Smyrna Muerte
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July 13, 2014
ABSOLUTELY.

It's far past time for him to go.
MALDEF BAD
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July 14, 2014
MALDEF, are you KIDDING?

MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense yada yada, believes that the U.S. should give our western states back to Mexico. They are the most racist of associations, hating white people and actively recruiting in Smyrna schools, teaching young illegal aliens how to become community organizers.

Bacon's words were awful, and he should suffer the political fallout (how does it feel Mayor Max, after all these years ruling your roost in obscurity?) but he's still an American with the right to say anything he wants, even if it makes him look really really bad.
Name Calling
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July 13, 2014
Mr. Bacon would do well to remember that some of the very people he represents are of a diverse background, i.e. Poles, Italians, Latino, etc, and if he chooses to use slurs to refer to anyone, as an elected official, he has NO business serving the citizens of the town he represents. Perhaps it is time for the people of Smyrna to show Max the door and then maybe things can change for the better there
anonymous
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July 13, 2014
Polacks? I hope Thayer steps up and condemns Bacon's ethnic slur. One more reason to keep Stultz.
Smyrna Mom
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July 13, 2014
I agree that the line was crossed with the racial name calling. But I do not want to lose sight of the bottom line: We must get Tim off our board and Susan Thayer on the board! Tim has been a puppet first of Bartlett and when she got tossed to the curb, KA became is puppet master. Smyrna is ready for someone that can stand on her own 2 feet!!! I do also agree that it is really funny that KA feels the need to fight Timmy's battle.
jduud
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July 15, 2014
Dear Smyrna mom, you have it all wrong. Susan Thayer is the puppet for Crooks, Abraham, Sweeney and banks, they all trade votes and are the ones (along with Morgan) and the previous crowder pea, that have run this school district with unethical, power hungry motives. Ms. Angelucci and Mr. stultz and Mr scamihorn are the only ones left on the board who can honestly live with themselves. No dirty deals under the table, no working for vendors and not disclosing it, no nepotism with family members working for the district. I really wish that people would be informed and do their due diligence before they vote. It is a shame our kids will suffer because of it.
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