On Monday, Antioch Unified School District Trustee Debra Vinson issued a response to the notice of Intention to Recall.
Vinson called the recall “questionable” and refutes the allegations.
The move comes after a March 22 school board meeting where Nicole Cedano served Vinson with recall papers for a second time. At the meeting, Cedano highlighted since last fall Vinson has not changed her ways and continues to abuse her position while citing an incident where Vinson suggested that a school site secretary take a course in “bigotry and hatred” while insinuating the school employee was a bigot.
Vinson issued an apology, which some say was insincere, and cost the District more than $3,000 in legal fees.
Cedano and supports of a recall are now able to collect signatures and needs 15% (8,222) of the more than 54,000 registered voters in the school district within a 90 day period. Cedano is hoping to get closer to 12,000 to be safe.
Cedano said Tuesday she launched a Facebook Page where people who support the recall can volunteer and work together to collect signatures.
According to her response:
I am wholeheartedly saddened by the recall procedures and feel that this is initiated with questionable merit; however, I fully respect the efforts of the law involved. These accusations are false and I refute all allegations against me.
It is my due diligence to always uphold AUSD policies with professionalism as I am the change agent the voters elected in 2014. Since then, I have worked to make AUSD a destination District. I have tirelessly worked hand in hand with teachers, staff and strongly supported parents and community efforts in advancing our School District.
I have and will continue to focus on putting our students first. I have focused on financial accountability & transparency; fiscal responsibility with taxpayer’s money & reduced the financial crisis, improved emergency preparedness; and focused on school climate & safety.
I strive for positive academic outcomes which can be achieved by continuing to work together so that our students receive the best quality public education they so rightfully deserve!
Let us be reminded that our student’s future is at stake when unexpected expenditures is forcefully poured in unwarranted recall proceedings instead of the classroom where it is urgently needed.
Debra Vinson, MA, DAPA, BCPC
School Board Trustee
Antioch Unified School District
For more background on the recall and documents we had previously posted, including emails from the school employee and Vinson, click here.