On Friday, City of Oakley Mayor Sue Higgins has called on the entire Oakley Union Elementary School District to step down after comments made during a school board meeting on Wednesday.
“Quite frankly, I am embarrassed for our community as this meeting has now gone both national internationally at a time when we are not only trying to stop the spread of the virus, but also try and safely reopen schools,” stated Higgins. “I encourage the remaining board members to do the right thing and step down.”
Higgins argues that even though some may not have said anything, none of them spoke up to stop the conversation.
Higgins said she was getting many “harsh” emails and reminds the community that neither she or her fellow city council has any jurisdiction over the Oakley Union Elementary School District who is their own elected body by the residents within the boundaries of the school district.
Here is her message:
I am writing this public note to let you know the city has no jurisdiction over the Oakley School Board, yet publicly I would ask the remaining board members to follow suit and resign. There shouldn’t have even been a hesitation in doing so. Your community has listened to your comments and now listen to ours Step down. Let our community come together once again.
Mayor Sue Oakley
Higgins said Friday she is okay with the County or the state appointing a new board or stepping in to fill the void until a new board can be seated or elected.
According to Superintendent Hetrick, should another board member resign, 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 appology 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.