On Wednesday, the Antioch School Board will discuss the removal of Board President Ellie Householder during its regularly scheduled board meeting.
According to Mary Rocha, who requested the item be placed on the agenda, which was subsequently approved by President Householder and Vice President Dr. Clyde Lewis, Jr., she made the request last week prior to the special meeting.
The item comes before the school board after Householder issued a statement about an Antioch High School incident where a student was detained by School Security and the Antioch Police Department showed up on campus. No details were released and the incident is still under investigation. Householder called for a special meeting (see email chain here)
During the special meeting last week, there were more than an hour of public comments bashing Householder and calling for her resignation or to step down as Board President. Both items up for discussion on Use of Force and Board Notifications were tabled for up to 60-days.
Back in Sept. of 2020, under the previous school board, Householder was Censured in a 3-2 vote for not holding herself to the “highest standards of ethical conduct” while not following Board bylaws by attacking a fellow board member on social media. The censure came after Householder participated in the intimidation of then Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts where protesters showed up at Motts house and urged her to vote against School Resource Officers. Protesters blocked her street and used intimidation tactics on Motts.
In August of 2020, it was uncovered through an Antioch Police Investigation on an arson, where police search warrants showed police discovered possible criminal conduct by Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and City Clerk/School Board Trustee Ellie Householder—including Brown Act Violations.
The board can be viewed via livestream at https://youtu.be/Z8o2NIsL8mI.
Persons wishing to make a public comment can submit their comments until 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Comments can be submitted via an online form at https://tinyurl.com/ausd-public-comment-card or by email to [email protected]. Comments received by 4:00 p.m. will be read to the public during the meeting.