On Wednesday, the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Education held its meeting which board members believed they were closed to the public only to later realize the meeting was open after freely expressing several opinions.
In roughly an 8-minute video which was captured by a listener, it highlighted how the board was looking at not only limiting public comments, but shed light on how some of the board members may feel about the public.
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.
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.
An email into Superintendent Greg Hetrick has not been returned at time of publication.