Earlier this month the Johnston School Board voted to approve Louis Fountain as its new director of equity, inclusion and belonging despite bigoted social media posts on his accounts.
In addition to bigoted comments Fountain made about black conservatives, he expressed bigotry toward Republicans in general — a rare trait for someone tasked with directing “inclusion and belonging” to portray.
But it turns out the issue may be systemic within the Johnston District.
Anthony Spurgetis is the director of Human Resources for the Johnston School District. Spurgetis seems to share Fountain’s anti-Republican disdain.
Spurgetis engaged in a conversation on Twitter on a tweet from the Des Moines Register about Gov. Kim Reynolds signing the law prohibiting school districts from enforcing a mask mandate.
One Twitter user referenced the government requiring people to wear seatbelts and forbidding them from driving after they drink alcohol.
Spurgetis then tweeted:
“COVID Kim learned about the law against drinking and driving…twice!!!”
Spurgetis has apparently deleted the tweet and locked his account as private.
He has very few publicly available Facebook posts as well. But there are a couple that show some strong political bias from a director of human resources.
“I never thought I would see a time in our nation when a President of the United States so blatantly and directly tried to undermine democracy,” Spurgetis wrote of President Donald J. Trump.
Previously, Spurgetis said on Facebook he doesn’t understand the “overwhelming support” for Trump in Iowa.
“He doesn’t reflect any Iowa values,” he wrote. “Iowans for the most part are caring, decent, hard-working people. Trump is the opposite.”
Spurgetis said that Trump “watches TV all day, doesn’t go down to the Oval Office until 10 or 11 a.m., tweets all day and took more vacation days in four years than Obama did in eight.”
Spurgetis also expressed opposition to the education omnibus bill, which would have expanded parental choice in education in Iowa.
He called for an income cap on the bill to prevent “wealthy families from benefitting.”
“Many of the families who send their children to private and religious schools can afford the tuition on their own,” he wrote. “I do not believe that we should be giving taxpayer funds to anyone and everyone who wants to send their child to a private or religious school.”