Have you heard? District 2 school board candidate David Jones, Jr., is just a regular guy who’s no different from you or me.
From Jones’ campaign website:
As a teacher from a family of teachers, he is passionate about education and wants to use his experience to help make positive change happen within JCPS.
Clarification time. According to two staff members at U of L, he’s an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville’s School of Business which means spending a few hours a week in front of students who have paid $1500-2000 to learn the ins and outs of health sector marketing. Teacher? Technically, yes. Teacher for a class of 28 fidgety kids? Hardly.
About that “family of teachers” stuff. His dad, David, Sr. founded Humana. No need to ramble about Humana’s financial muscle but – come on! – Junior saying he’s from a family of teachers is like Chelsea Clinton saying she’s from a family of government employees.
While it may be true that Jones has teachers in his family, what the heck is going on with the homespun tales on his campaign website?
Well, when marketing a product, you need to know your audience. Jones is simply marketing his product, which is David Jones. We have one version of Jones on his campaign website and we have a completely different version on his bio on Chrysalis Ventures’ website. (Chrysalis is his venture capital firm.) On the one hand, he’s just a regular guy who wants to be on the school board, on the other he’s a venture capitalist who acquires and spins off companies faster than you can buy an El Nopal Groupon with your PayPal account.
From the Chrysalis website:
At Chrysalis, David has worked over the years with some of the most exciting growth companies in the Midwest and South, including Appriss (sold to Bain Capital), Advanced Academics (sold to Devry), Tritel (merged with Telecorp and sold to AT&T Wireless), Regent Communications (sold to Jacor Communications which was sold to Clear Channel Communications), ActaMed (merged with Healtheon and then with WebMD), Tech Republic (sold to Gartner Group) and High Speed Access Corp (IPO and later sold to Charter Communications).
In addition, David has served on the Board of Directors of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) since 1993, serving as Vice Chairman from 1996 to 2005 and as Chairman from 2005 to 2010.
He sure does seem like a super busy guy. Does he really have time to be a thoughtful member of the school board? We haven’t even talked about all of the boards on which he serves. And there are plenty!
According to Forbes, David, Jr., still owns over 175,000 shares of Humana stock worth $74.55 each. Total value: $13,000,000+.
Do you have any idea why a zillionaire wants an unpaid position on the Jefferson County Board of Education? I do.
But I’ll let you connect the dots. Have fun!
Here’s JCPS’ recent cheerful announcement about HealthTeacher, the health and nutrition website. I mentioned this in the previous post.
Guess who invests in HealthTeacher?
Just click on the screenshot below to read HealthTeacher’s company news. The folks are almost giddy at the thought of being in so many schools and forming partnerships with healthcare companies, which Jones knows like the back of his hand.
This is also from HealthTeacher’s website:
“As child obesity rates reach epidemic proportions, it’s more important than ever to have engaging and interactive health and wellness programs in place to help children and adolescents make healthy choices,” said Koleman Karleski, Managing Director with Chrysalis Ventures. “HealthTeacher is responding to this critical national health problem by providing children and their families with engaging and interactive health content. We’re very excited about HealthTeacher’s tremendous growth and we see great opportunity for the company in the coming years.”
And here’s more! This is also from Mr. Karleski who’s with Chrysalis and HealthTeacher:
Here’s even more news about growth, growth and more growth! It’s sooo exciting!
Do you get the picture? This guy makes former JCPS superintendent Sheldon Berman look like a lightweight shakedown artist after all of the doo-dads he sold JCPS.
Before you get all huffy about a future or present school board member whose company is selling stuff to JCPS, think again. JCPS isn’t paying for HealthTeacher but Kosair and the Humana Foundation are. LOOPHOLE, SUCKERS!
I’m almost done.
Just ask yourselves if you want a school board member who sees our children as business opportunities. I sure as hell don’t. If you honestly believe that a vulture capital firm cares about health and nutrition for children, think again. They purchase or fund companies to make money. Lots of money. These people are thrilled to find creative ways to generate profits from childhood obesity, poor nutrition, and even from – get this – bullying. It’s all about profits. It’s all about getting access to our kids.
And I have a lot more for you about Chrysalis and HealthTeacher. We’ll discuss later.
Yes, folks, the teachers’ union endorsed another doozy for the school board election.
Warning! Warning! Important correction of trivial detail! Important correction of trivial detail!!! The school board pays a whopping
$250.00 $75.00 per meeting! Serving on the school board is not an unpaid position and I apologize profusely for getting that TRIVIAL detail wrong!