Meet David Gerard, the Dumbest Person in Local Education

David Gerard, a first-year school board trustee in Morgan Hill, might want to staple a dunce cap to his head after pulling a series of head-slapping moves in emails discovered by the Morgan Hill Times. Numerous messages show Gerard has been cozying up to community activists while insulting his board colleagues and the Morgan Hill Unified School District superintendent. In one message, Gerard disparaged former trustee Amy Porter-Jensen as “Bully PJ,” adding that she had a “big ass” and wore “slut shoes." He also used his district-provided email account to pen fictional news accounts, one of which documented Superintendent Steve Betando’s imaginary flight to Mexico with millions in district funds while palling around with a 19-year-old, drug-smuggling prostitute. The emails were made public last week, when Gerard and the rest of the seven-member board were taking part in an annual education conference in San Diego. Guess who wasn’t invited to happy hour? Reached by phone, Gerard apologized for the emails. He said he was simply trying to “cheer up” activist Rob Guynn, who was sick and depressed on his birthday, and hoped to make him “spit up in laughter.” Instead, Morgan Hill residents were spitting up their breakfast. In another email, Gerard compared an angry parent who speaks regularly at board meetings to Rosa Parks, “who refused to ride in the back of the bus!” Superintendent Betando given the role of infamous Governor George Wallace, while Gerard compared himself to the iconic Bobby Kennedy. “It’s something that I shouldn’t have written,” Gerard said. “I’m going to be raked over the coals and deserve to be.” Actually, he deserves to be recalled, but Morgan Hill residents should settle for his resignation.

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  1. We live in Morgan Hill and love it! However this is so embarrassing – Many of the members of our school board are unprofessional and misinformed. Their antics are legendary in a bad way. This is just the tip of the stupid iceberg.

  2. It really is resignation worthy because his actions get in the way of educating kids and managing the district. This district has had ongoing and distracting non issues that keep the board and the supt from truly providing the leadership they signed on for. It is in their oath of office to perform at a level higher than has this board member. In following these stories, a consistent lack of maturity and clear thinking plagues several folks who would be leaders of that district. Morgan Hill is a wonderful town with terrific folks who deserve better than this.

  3. What a loser. I hear he is a paid consultant (psychologist) for companies teaching others how to work together. What a joke. Resign now. You are embarrassing to Morgan Hill.

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