On Thursday, Oakley Union Elementary School District Superintendent Greg Hetrick issued a statement saying that students deserved better and was sorry after the board was caught making comments about the public.
During the meeting, which the Board thought was closed to the public, was actually open and members of the community could hear comments made by Board members that were controversial as well as the entire board caught on video openly committing a Brown Act Violation in discussing limiting public comments and how to go about it.
At one point, Board member 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.
The following statement was issued by Superintendent Greg Hetrick in response to comments made at the Board meeting Wednesday afternoon:
” Last night at the Oakley Union Elementary School District Regular Board Meeting there were unfortunate and truly inappropriate comments made that were heard by many. These comments are not typical and more importantly they are not what the community should expect from our school district. We all take pride in the Vision of the Oakley Union Elementary School District in that we are “A diverse learning community committed to educating and empowering today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders in a safe and inclusive environment.”
The comments made were not in alignment with our Vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders. I know that we lost trust with the community. I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened. I am the superintendent. I am responsible and accountable and I am truly sorry for what took place. I have been and continue to be committed to working together for the betterment of the Oakley Union Elementary School District students, staff and entire school community.
I know that our students deserve better from us. I pledge to work collaboratively with stakeholders and community members to begin doing the important work that is needed to rebuild community trust in our district. ”
In response, many parents have began calling for the resignations of board members, they have started an online petition calling for the board to resign or be recalled.
Here is the video highlighting the board and what was said. ‘
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.