Commitee of 40 was hand-selected by Lovejoy superintendent, Carol Ray,
and (2002-2003) school board members:
Rich Hickman (President), John Walsh, Sue Hoffman, Scott Drablos, Gary
Rodenbaugh, John Helm, Bettye Petree.
Committee of 40 were suppose to recommend to the Lovejoy School Board
whether Lovejoy should expand to secondary.
Some attendees felt it was a
representative group, but observers felt the committee was stacked with
rubber-stamping school expansion supporters.
representative ran the meeting.
Seat placement for Committee members was prearranged with name plates.
two committee members who were very vocal against Lovejoy building secondary
schools were appointed. They were not initially appointed, but contacted
board members and insisted on being placed on the committee. Members
were grouped by counting by 8 and the two known supporters of consolidating
districts were put in separate groups.
activity was carefully controlled. There was no opportunity to discuss
issues, especially finances.
The Delphi technique was effectively utilized to control the final vote
of this committee.
five percent (10) of the committee signed a flyer in support of Lovejoy
building secondary schools.
these committee members are related, (brother, sister and
family sold the 70 acres to Lovejoy for the high school site and
also own 150 acres across the street.
The land across the street from the new Lovejoy High School
site had it's usage changed on the Lucas Comprehensive Plan to
"mixed use" (commercial, high-density, apartments)
while Lovejoy ISD school board member John
Helm, also served as Chairman of Planning and Zoning for Lucas,
Texas . The new high school site was located in Lucas
ETJ. (John Helm also allegedly voted for Lovejoy to buy this property
and to build secondary schools on this property.
Unlike Lovejoy ISD, Lucas city meetings are tape recorded and
are fairly detailed minutes.
percent of the committee (6) were employed by the Lovejoy school
district and very vocal in their support of building secondary schools.
is the election judge hired by Lovejoy ISD.
She was the election judge for consolidation election and bond election
and sent out a blue
postcard asking Lovejoy residents to vote against consolidating
with Allen ISD (for Lovejoy building secondary schools).
She ran the consolidation election in
violation of Texas Election code.
The Lovejoy School Board did not intend to let the Lovejoy ISD residents
vote on whether to expand into secondary. Citizens worked to gather
the 3600 signatures required to have a county judge call for the
election. Once Lovejoy School Board members were aware that the
signatures had been gathered, they opted to call for the election