In response to last nights meeting, Oakley Union Elementary School District Trustee Lisa Brizendine has resigned from her position immediately.
The resignation was confirmed by the District just after 5:00 pm. She has already been removed from the District website leaving the District with two open seats.
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.
The move comes after Trustee Brizendine chimed in during the school board meeting not knowing it was open to the public, 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. (more on the meeting)
It’s unclear at what point Brizendine resigned, but earlier Thursday, 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.