On Friday, Antioch Unified School District Board President Ellie Householder was served with a notice of recall.
Householder is now the second elected official in the City of Antioch to be hit with the prospect of being recalled. Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe was served with a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition at Antioch City Hall on September 24.
For Householder, a recall has been threatened for months after her behavior on the school board deteriorated after becoming Board President. She began her turn in the rotation with an attempt to oust Superintendent Stephanie Anello during winter break and after a second attempt last month, it has prompted a “Vote of No Confidence” by the three employee unions with 97.5% in support–see story.
Householder also refused to recognize fellow board members Mary Rocha and Gary Hack during portions of recent school board meetings while not following Roberts Rules of Order and possibly broke the Brown Act on several occasions–Rocha has tried to have Householder replaced as Board President only to have Householder twice remove the item from the agenda.
According to the Proponents:
To the Honorable Elisabeth Householder: Pursuant to Section 11020, California Education Code, the undersigned registered qualified voters of the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD), in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of AUSD Trustee, Antioch, California and to demand election of a successor in that office.
The grounds for the recall are as follows:
You are disrespectful to Board Members, Staff and Public who disagree with you during AUSD Board meetings. You have committed Brown Act violations by blocking/deleting comments on Social Media (eliminating equal access). You assert the president must not only collaborate on, but approve, the board agenda. (Ed.Code/Board Policy does not require board president’s approval); You abuse your authority by calling and/or adding agenda items at special meetings that were neither urgent or necessary. You violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), by publicly posting an unauthorized video of students without permission. You have committed numerous Roberts Rules of Order Violations during meetings presided over by you; Allowed a substitution motion on a non-debatable “motion to table”; Ongoing efforts to limit or eliminate public comment by removing agenda items without consensus of the board; Stopping public comments midstream when you 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 the public record and which should not; and Abused presidential authority by not recognizing staff/board members’ requests to speak/provide input during a public meeting.
They also issued the following statement as to why they started the recall process:
“The decision to initiate a recall was not made lightly. We discussed the seriousness of taking this action for several months before we decided to act. It became apparent to us that the students of Antioch Unified School District were no longer the focus of the Board of Education and drastic action was needed to correct the direction we are headed.
When the Vote of No Confidence wasn’t enough to get the trustees to vote to remove Householder as president, we decided to start this process. We are a group of parents, teachers, staff, and administrators that know AUSD needs a leader that wants to work with our educators to achieve collective goals, a leader that is supportive, a leader that wants to effect change in a constructive manner.
“As has been the rally cry for several years, #WeAreAUSD and we demand better.”
Householder now has 7-days to respond should she choose with a 200-word response. She also has to serve it to a proponent as well as the Contra Costa County Clerks office. A petition could take up to 10-20-days before signatures can begin to be collected.
If this moves forward, the proponents will have to collect 15% of registered voters in the Antioch Unified School District (Antioch along with portions of City of Oakley and City of Pittsburg) within 160-days. They are looking at approximately 10,500 signatures. If successful, it would then go to ballot sometime next spring.
Householders term ends in December of 2022.
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