Pascagoula Schools Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich’s actions pondered by state and city leaders

PASCAGOULA, MS –

A state legislator said Friday that repercussions from Pascagoula Schools Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich showing teachers a lobbying group’s slideshow with lawmakers’ voting records could stretch as far as Jackson.

State Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, said when his fellow lawmakers discover that a superintendent in his area held a staff meeting and showed a slideshow from the Mississippi Parents’ Campaign with legislative voting records, he could have a difficult time garnering support for all schools in his district.

“When I need a clutch vote for something for any of the schools in the county, I could have a hard time convincing other senators to vote with me,” said Watson, who sits on the Senate Education Committee.

“This organization is considered very liberal with a paid lobbyist as the director, and it’s all or nothing with them,” Watson said.

Rodolfich confirmed Thursday a presentation downloaded from the Jackson-based nonprofit organization’s website was shown Monday at Singing River Elementary during a mandatory staff meeting.

The Pascagoula School District policy manual states, “… school property and school time shall not be used for political purposes” and “Public funds cannot be used for political activity of any kind by any person or organization involved in the administration of public school assisted programs.”

The Parents’ Campaign rates each legislator on its website with a score of zero to 100 on specific educational issues.

Watson received a zero, but state Rep. Brandon Jones, D-Pascagoula, garnered 100 percent.

Jones sits on the House Education Committee. He declined comment Friday, saying that he didn’t know the presentation content….

8/6/11

Mississippi Press / Gulflive.com