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.
STATEMENT regarding SPECIAL EDUCATION MEETING 09/31/2021
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
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.