Red Apple Mom

February 19, 2011

Attorney for Fairfax County Public Schools Refuses Service of Subpoenas

This just in:

Sources close to Washington, DC law firm Patton Boggs told me this astounding news today:  The attorney for Fairfax County Public Schools refused service of the subpoenas issued to the FCPS School Board and top FCPS School officials.

If you read my post yesterday, you know the subpoenas were issued to FCPS over alleged violations of the Open Meetings Law and alleged violations of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

This same source also told me that Pam Goddard, Executive Assistant and Clerk to the FCPS School Board accepted her subpoena, but refused to accept the subpoenas for the School Board.  I find her refusal to accept the subpoenas interesting considering that she is the “Clerk to the School Board”   That means she’s the official caretaker of all official records pertaining to the School Board.  So it’s quite surprising she refused these documents from the Court.  Does this mean Court officials will have to go to School Board members’ homes and work places to serve them their subpoenas in person?  Would FCPS attorneys really permit that embarrassment to take place?

As a taxpayer, I’m quite stunned at the FCPS attorney’s refusal to accept the subpoenas.  Do some of our School Board officials and FCPS administrative personnel think they are above the law and don’t have to accept court documents when served?  Don’t we taxpayers and supporters of our public schools deserve better leadership from these officials?

These events mean Thursday’s trial date has been scrapped and the trial is now set for 10am on March 2nd.

Stay tuned for more details on this developing and changing story.

1 Comment

  1. So they refused the subpoenas so as to ensure that they could still have the scheduled school board meeting boundary vote on February 24, rather than have to attend the February 24 original trial date?

    Comment by pommefrites — February 20, 2011 @ 9:25 am

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