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Antioch School Board President Calls for Removal of Superintendent Stephanie Anello

by ECT
Stephanie Anello

On Monday, Antioch School Board Trustee Ellie Householder announced she has called for a Special Meeting of the Antioch School Board. The meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21 at 5:30 pm.

This meeting was called by president Householder and the agenda set by president Householder. Given the School Board only has one employee, this is in regards to Superintendent Stephanie Anello’s removal/termination.

According to Board Vice President Clyde Lewis, he confirmed he was consulted about about the meeting, but stated no time or date was set.

“I was consulted about a meeting, but a date was never set and I am not available at that time,” stated Lewis who added he was not sure of the specifics of the meeting other than it is about the direction of AUSD.

When asked if he supported removal of the Superintendent, that question went unanswered.

Superintendent Anello was called in regards to the meeting who confirmed President Householder called the meeting, set the meeting and it was not regarding any other employees in the District. Anello gave no further comment.

It appears this meeting is a preemptive attempt to remove the Superintendent prior to any discussion of removing Householder as Board President on Wednesday Night.
There is also rumblings of all three unions set to announce a vote of no confidence in Board Trustee Ellie Householder.
The Antioch Unified School District issued its Special Meeting agenda at 11:00 am, whereas Householder announced the meeting and released her statement approximately 30-minutes. Within her statement, Householder is using 3-year-old performance data as justification for removal.
(Note – I realize there is no 9/31 date, however, that is what Householder posted on her website which appears to be a typo)


On Monday, September 20, 2021, after consulting with Vice President Dr. Clyde Lewis, I am calling a special closed session meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to take action that will impact the future direction of the Antioch Unified School District.

From the moment that I took my oath of office, I have made it my singular focus to create an environment that provides ALL of our students with a nurturing and supportive environment to ensure that they have the foundational skills to have long-term success.

However, the sad reality is that the students of the Antioch Unified School District are performing well below average, as compared to the rest of the state, especially Black and Latino students. Under the current superintendent, student performance has worsened. 

As a board, we have the fiduciary responsibility to serve our students. In our opinion, the current set of facts at the district have made it so that a change must occur now as far as the leadership of the Antioch Unified School District.

To those who attack me for taking this position, you make my point, as anyone with an objective mindset could easily see that the scores continue moving in a downward trajectory. Regardless of the attacks, I will continue to fight for our students.

If we truly love Antioch, we must do everything in our power to protect our students, as our city’s future hinges on their success. This is no longer about old Antioch vs new Antioch. This fight is about whether Antioch will even exist as our school district’s track record continues to crush the hopes and dreams of our students, and in the process, our city.

Antioch Unified School District Fact Sheet  (CAASP 2018-2019)

Reading and Writing

  • 45% of white students do not meet state standards for reading and writing 

  • 67% of Black students do not meet  state standards for reading and writing 

  • 60% of Latino/Hispanic students do not meet state standards for reading and writing


  • 46% of white students do not meet state standards for mathematics 

  • 79% of Black students do not meet state standards for mathematics

  • 71% of Latino/Hispanic students do not meet state standards for mathematics

Suspensions (at least once…)

  • 4.9% of white students

  • 14.2% of Black students

  • 5.2% of Latino/Hispanic students

Ellie Householder
Sep 21, 2021 – Special Board Meeting Agenda
Category Closed Session
Subject Public Employee: Discipline/Dismissal/Release
Type Action, Discussion, Information

Public Comments:

Comments can be submitted via an online form at https://tinyurl.com/CommentSpecialMeeting or by email to [email protected]. Comments received by 4:00 p.m. will be read to the public during the meeting.


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Bill Moon Sep 20, 2021 - 11:55 am

Householder has lost her mind.

Kim Sep 20, 2021 - 12:09 pm

Fake transparency of Householder. Fails to even say what she wants but we can all read between the lines that she has wanted to get rid of Anello for some time. Hey Ellie, instead of using 3 year old data, maybe you should see the new results before trying to pretend like you care. You are a child and should be removed from all positions you hold.

Willlie Mims Sep 21, 2021 - 6:49 pm

Regarding the latest California Assessment Scores, there is only data for the 2018-2019 school year. Due to Corvid 19, there was no 2019-2020 test.

Wanda Sep 20, 2021 - 12:18 pm

Perhaps if Ms Hoseholder focused on supporting the superintendent & staff rather than constantly creating uncertainty, mistrust & disfunction she could make a difference. Her participation in Antioch school & city affairs is very concerning. I don’t see a person leading at a very crucial time. I see a self serving disrupter that could take a an already struggling city and make it worse.

Frankly, if I had any desire to get in to politics locally I would be deterred because of her. We need more practical even headed folks to lead not performance artists pretending to be doing something.

Concerned Citizen Sep 20, 2021 - 1:44 pm

She may also be holding this meeting to get it done prior to the expiration of the governors executive order allowing for remote meetings. Based on what’s in the legislature right now the board would have to effectively declare an emergency to continue remote meetings after the end of the month. If they don’t, the public would be able to participate like they did prior to COVID

Antioch Sep 20, 2021 - 2:03 pm

Anello is actually smart.
Ellie is dumb.
Pretty simple.

Mark Mason Sep 20, 2021 - 3:16 pm

It is Householder who should be shown the door, not Anello!

Don S. Sep 20, 2021 - 3:34 pm

I recall householder calling for her removal as petty politics in her TV news interview, sounds to me like she is the one playing petty politics. It’s obvious by now her Thorpe, trashmisha, and shagoofa are all in it together to destroy this city. They all need to be removed ASAP!!

Elections Matter Sep 20, 2021 - 4:20 pm

Who is voting in these imbeciles?

MRS Sep 21, 2021 - 9:45 pm

I suspect a substantial amount of the registered voters in Antioch DO NOT vote. I think that is the problem. If the people with a brain started voting we should oust these fools easily.

Robert C. Sep 20, 2021 - 4:34 pm

Her statement is a transparent lie. If she were truly concerned about declining academic performance, that issue would merit extended discussion in public session – not closed sessions called with one day’s notice. This woman is truly demented. Why does she retain her city job, Mayor and Council?

MRS P Sep 20, 2021 - 5:05 pm


Street-Sweeper Sep 20, 2021 - 5:22 pm

They all have bloody hands from not properly educating all the dumb-dumbs that Antioch produces yearly.

Mike G Sep 20, 2021 - 8:25 pm

I don’t much about AUSD hierarchy, but schools are abysmal, something definitely needs to be done. Kids are missing out on opportunities because the lack of skills. Tragic. Is the Superintendent at fault? In most organizations iknow it starts from the top. Can Anello change things? Something has to be done. I’m no advocate of Householder, but AUSD kids need to light a fire under the organization and change their horrific scores.

Chanelle Criqui-Anderson Sep 21, 2021 - 9:07 am

The responsibility rests in all stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, administrators and the school board. Success relies on social factors, as well. Cooperation is key. What an ignorant and immature move this appears to be.

Bob Reynolds Sep 21, 2021 - 9:12 am

Not sure there is a September 31st. Just sayin’

MRS Sep 21, 2021 - 9:47 pm

The school board President does not even know how many days are in the month of September. That’s saying something……

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