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Spotsy schools to look at email policy
The Spotsylvania School Board resolved to review its policy forbidding non-school use of district email addresses after a citizen brought member J. Gilbert “Gil” Seaux’s email use in political literature to its attention.
The issue was introduced during the board’s Oct. 28 meeting, when Spotsylvania resident Ron Fiske provided the board with a copy of the Free Lance–Star election insert, in which Seaux provided his school email address for communication with voters.
Fiske also provided an email between Seaux and a constituent sent from Seaux’s district email account. And he noted that Mark Marshall—who also ran for the Berkeley District seat and has an email address through the school district—used his personal email address instead.
At Monday’s meeting, Seaux said that he has communicated with constituents through his district email address for years and did not realize he needed to create a personal one for the election.
“It was not my intent to use it for political communication, and I did not use it to solicit anyone to vote for me and did not link with any social media or websites,” Seaux said.
He continued, “With hindsight, listing my email was a mistake. If I misled constituents, I apologize wholeheartedly. If I offended constituents, I apologize wholeheartedly.”
Chairwoman Amanda Blalock said board member Dawn Shelley asked that Seaux’s email use be investigated after the Oct. 28 meeting.
Board member James Myer compiled a list of policies violated and said that while Seaux was in violation of those policies, no action need be taken since the “Berkeley District has spoken clearly about who they want to represent them in 2014.”
In the Nov. 5 election, Seaux lost the seat to local horseback riding instructor and Republican-backed candidate Erin Grampp.
Myer asked the clerk of the board, Dennis Martin, to review the policy and its implementation, and report back to the board during an upcoming policy review.
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