Tuesday, 02 March, 2021

California school board members caught disparaging parents on accidental Zoom broadcast

Yahoo News School Board Mocks Parents, 'Unfortunate' Remarks Go Viral
Ginger Lawrence | 21 February, 2021, 15:25

"Are we alone?" one board member, Kim Beede asks, before saying, "B-- if you're going to call me out, I'm going to f-- you up". "She's been in in-person learning".

After some laughter, Brizendine chimed in to commiserate with others about the growing criticism they've faced over closed schools, suggesting parents really want schools to reopen so they get their babysitters back.

In a statement, the school's superintendent Greg Hetrick said no excuses would be made for what occurred and the comments were not in line with what the school stands for.

"I think that would be unbelievable", one board member says.

"Uh-oh", said Beede, when she realized their meeting was open to the public.

When the other members replied that they were, Beede jokingly imitated herself threatening parents who had written letters about school re-openings.

"Great", says a board member, before a black screen with the text "Practice session in progress" appears.

Before the meeting began, several of the board members allegedly believed that no parents were on the call and proceeded to poke fun of them.

"I only wish for our local public school to be run by better people", the person wrote. These comments are not typical and more importantly they are not what the community should expect from our school district, ' he stated.

'I thought the board members were also advocates for my child and had her best interests at heart and after last night's incident it really has me thinking that they don't'. Previously to this recording they began talking bad about parents of kindergartners, which prompted me to begin recording.

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When the board isn't aware that they are broadcasting to the public. For them to say we are doing nothing and sitting home and smoking pot is far from the truth'. But it was too late: Video of the conversation would soon float around the Internet, leading the school board president to resign as outraged parents discussed a potential recall.

The Contra Costa County Board of Education president is likely to appoint temporary board members until new ones are "elected or appointed".

"We deeply regret the earlier comments that were made in the meeting of the Board of Education earlier this week", a joint statement by ex-board members Beede, Erica Ippolito and Masadas stated.

Hetrick had issued an apology Thursday for what he described as board members' "truly inappropriate comments", which were made during a virtual meeting Wednesday.

"This was a hard 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", they said. "They deserve and will need your support as you move forward".

In response to last nights meeting, Oakley Union Elementary School District Trustee Lisa Brizendine has resigned from her position immediately.

"I think that would be incredible", saidKim Beede, the trustee who can also be heard pledging to mess with critics in a profane tirade. Oakley resident Thomas Will told "Fox & Friends".

"As a district, we will continue to proceed with the work that we are engaged in to bring our students back to school", Hetrick said.

The Oakley Union school is located east of San Francisco and serves around 5,000 students.