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Antioch High Staff Poke Fun at School Board President

by ECT

Weeks after Antioch Unified School District Union Employees took a “vote of no confidence” on Board President Ellie Householder, employees were sporting “You are not recognized” t-shirts on the campus of Antioch High School.

The t-shirt was in response to Householder failing to recognize fellow board members Mary Rocha and Gary Hack who made several motions and attempted to speak during the past few board meetings, only for Householder to respond, “You are not recognized”. She also failed to recognize Superintendent Stephanie Anello.

Rocha twice placed on the agenda for Householder to be removed as Board President, only to have Householder unilaterally remove the item.

This prompted both a recall effort against Householder and the unions voting at 97.5% in favor of a “vote of no confidence”.

The following statement was submitted to the Antioch Unified School District on behalf of the three employee groups, Antioch Education Association, Antioch Management Association, and Classified School Employees Association, Antioch Chapter 85, along with the results of the Vote of No Confidence.


A vote of no confidence is defined as “a formal vote by which people indicate that they do not support a leader, government, etc.”

In an electronic secret ballot election held from September 18-22, 2021, 97.5% percent of votes cast were in support of a Vote of No Confidence in Ellie Householder as the President of the AUSD School Board. Only 15 votes were cast in opposition, representing only 0.02% of the total ballots cast. The breakdown of votes is as follows: 98.2% of certificated staff (AEA), 97.8% of management staff (AMA), and 97.3% of classified staff (CSEA) stated their lack of confidence in the Board President.

The following violations of Roberts Rules of Order and the Brown Act have occurred at board meetings presided by President Ellie Householder:

    • Allowing a substitute motion to go through on a non-debatable motion such as “motion to table”
    • Efforts to limit or eliminate public comment by removing agenda items without consensus of the board
    • Efforts to shorten public comment by reducing the time limit allowed after comments had been submitted
    • Stopping public comments midstream when she felt it wasn’t appropriate or directly related to the agenda item
    • Requesting staff to use personal judgement on which public comments should be entered into public record and which should not
    • Abusing her presidential authority by not recognizing staff and board members’ requests to speak or provide input during a public meeting
    • Asserting that the president must not only collaborate on, but approve, the board agenda. Ed. Code and Board Policy do not require the board president’s approval, just collaboration on the development
    • Abusing her authority by calling and/or adding agenda items at special meetings, that were neither urgent, nor necessary
    • Violating the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), by publicly posting unauthorized video of students without permission

For all of these reasons, The employees of the AUSD have No Confidence in Ellie Householder’s ability to lead the Antioch Unified School District.


Valorie Luke, President Antioch Education Association

Scott Bergerhouse, President Antioch Management Association

Josh Isenbarger, President Classified School Employees Association, Chapter 85

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Lucy Brown Oct 15, 2021 - 4:15 pm

High time to see Householder packing!

Outsider Oct 15, 2021 - 4:28 pm

I love this. Ellie, who is constantly portraying herself as a white savior for people of color and her opponents as racists – take a look at these proud teachers, overwhelmingly women of color (like Mary Rocha, whom you routinely disrespect).

I rise to question your credibility Oct 15, 2021 - 11:27 pm

Robert’s Rules of order is an agreed upon method of parliamentary procedure, it has no force of law.
According to Robert’s Rules of Order, the chair does not have to recognize many motions (point of order, point of information, motion for adjournment, motion for recess) so the chair might not have been incorrect not to recognize her fellow board members and school superintendent.
Focus on the Brown Act violations, those carry the weight of violating public trust.

Jaimoe Oct 16, 2021 - 7:57 am

Stand up against the fascist censorship,
while you wear your mask and take your jab
Smh gtfo…more nazi hypocrisy

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