AdChoiceTV News — Members of a California school board resigned en masse after they were caught mocking parents during a public video meeting about re-opening schools shuttered during the pandemic.
All four members, including president Lisa Brizendine of the Oakley Elementary School District board, resigned Friday, according to a Fox News report.
The board members were caught on video complaining about parents who wanted teachers to return to their classrooms. Brizendine appeared to mock parents who “want their babysitters back” during the Wednesday meeting which trustees thought was private.
“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,” said Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick in a statement.
The Oakley School Board virtual meeting was accidentally open to the public when they were making fun of parent requests.
According to an Oakley Resident and former Housing Compliance Director Robert Chan who were also at the virtual meeting, Lisa’s comment does not represent the school vision and it was very unprofessional.
She literally broke her oath as a board of trustee. And this caused a massive lost of trust by parents having there children in this community school, he added.
Brisendine later issued an apology. The other members of the board — Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito and Richie Masadas — resigned Friday.
Reporting by Michelle Jones