On Friday, Oakley Union Elementary School District announced that all four of its school board trustees have submitted their resignations from their position on the OUESD school board.
Here is a copy of the letter that went out Friday night which was released by Superintendent Greg Hetrick.
Dear Oakley Union Elementary School District Family,
I want to inform you that Board Members Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, Richie Masadas and Lisa Brizendine have submitted their resignations from their position on the OUESD School Board.
As a District, we will continue to proceed with the work that we are engaged in to bring our students back to school. There will be a lot of details in the coming days about what will be taking place and I will be providing you with a complete update.
Board members Kim Beede, Eric Ippolito and Richie Masadas asked that the following statement be shared with you:
We deeply regret the comments that were made in the meeting of the Board of Education earlier this week. As trustees, we realize it is our responsibility to model the conduct that we expect of our students and staff, and it is our obligation to build confidence in District leadership; our comments failed you in both regards and for this we offer our sincerest apology.
We love our students, our teachers and our community, and we want to be part of the remedy to help the District move forward, returning its full focus to students needs. To help facilitate the healing process, we will be resigning our positions as Trustees of the Oakley Union Elementary School District, effective immediately. The Superintendent will be working with the Contra Costa County Office of Education to address the vacancies on the Board of Education.
This was a difficult decision, but we hear the community’s concerns, and we believe yielding to your request that we step down will allow the District to move forward. Please do not let our failure in judgement cast a shadow on the exceptional work that our teachers, administrators and hard-working employees are doing for the students of this District. They deserve and will need your support as you move forward.
I want you to know that it is a tremendous privilege to serve as the Superintendent of the Oakley Union Elementary School District. Oakley is and has been a special place to me and it is truly a community that loves its children and wants what’s best for them. With that responsibility, I am committed to returning the attention to student learning and getting our students back in school. This unfortunate situation will not discourage or detract me from working to build back the trust in our community and return our students safely back to school as soon as possible.
I will be providing you with another update as to our next steps in the coming days. I want to say thank you for all that you do and I truly believe that working together, we do make a difference. Hvae a great day. Be well,
Greg D. Hetrick.
Superintendent, Oakley Union Elementary School
The announcement comes hours after Oakley Mayor Sue Higgins called on the remaining members of the school board to resign
According to Superintendent Greg Hetrick, with a lack of quorum do to no board members, , Ed Code 5094 provides that the County Board President would appoint members of the county board to the Board until new members are elected or appointed.
On Thursday, Trustee Lisa Brizendine resigned from her position immediately while Superintendent Greg Hetrick issued a formal apology on behalf of the District.
Brizendine made a comment explaining how parents just want their children to return to school so they can have their “babysitters back.”
At one point, Trustee Kim Beede stated “bitch if you are going to call me out I am going to f—k you up” which prompted laughter from the board.
Note – Oakley’s school board is five members, however, they already had one vacancy which they hoped to fill with Wednesdays meeting. With Brizendine resigning on Thursday, that made two open seats. On Friday, the three remaining board members also resigned.
- Vacant – Area 1 (ends 2024)
- Vacant – Area 2 (ends 2022)
- Erica Ippolito – Area 3 (2022)
- Kim Beede – Area 4 (2022)
- Richie Masadas – Area 5 (2024)
In an open dialogue between Trustees Richie Masadas and Kim Beede, Masadas explained how easy it was for people to talk behind a screen but when face to face it’s a whole different ballgame.
Beede shot back asking “if they were alone” which was told they were and proceeded to state “bitch if you are going to call me out I am going to f—k you up” which prompted laughter from the board.
Trustee Lisa Brizendine chimed in explaining how the public forget that they are real people on the other side of the letters and have kids or who have a vested interest in this or what happens behind the scenes because “they want their babysitters back” — referring to teachers babysitting students.
This prompted a “right” from the other board members with Masadas talking about his brother having a delivery service for medical marijuana and clientele with their kids in school—which again, prompted laughs from the board with one board member calling it “awesome”.
Masadas continued saying “when you have your kids at home, no more Friday” and began quoting from the movie Friday “smoke dog”
At about the 7:30 minute mark, the Board realized the meeting was open to the public before cutting the video.