Oakley Union Elementary School District Trustee Lisa Brizendine Resigns

  • Oakley Union Elementary School District Trustee Lisa Brizendine Resigns

Oakley Union Elementary School District Trustee Lisa Brizendine Resigns

All four members of the Oakley Elementary School District Board of Trustees resigned after mocking parents in what they thought was a private meeting.

Parents in Oakley are outraged and calling for the resignation of the Oakley Union Elementary School Board after board members were caught making controversial comments like parents think the teachers are "babysitters" and reopening schools would allow parents to go back "smoking pot" during a virtual meeting.

At one point in the meeting, board member Kim Beede asked her fellow board members, "Are we alone?" before ranting against an online critic.

Parents took umbrage with the comments as students in the school district, which is located in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay area, have been learning remote for nearly a year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Another parent Lisa Brizendine who was one of the mute participants during the meeting could be heard saying: "They don't know what we [inaudible] behind the scenes, and it's really unfortunate that they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back".

Trustees were awaiting the start of the meeting when they began discussing parents' letters and social media posts about reopening schools.

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

"B--, if you're going to call me out, I'm gonna f-- you up", she said. Sorry! That's just me, ' Beede can be heard stating as the other board members laugh.

'My brother had a delivery service for medical marijuana and he delivered to parents while their kids were at school, ' Masadas stated in the video, to the amusement of the other board members. The high clientele were the parents with their kids at school.

"When you got your kids at home, no more smoking", he added.

The remarks were met with swift, widespread condemnation, calls for the board's resignation - including from Oakley's mayor - and coast-to-coast coverage.

The resignation of President Lisa Brizendine of the Oakley Union Elementary School District was confirmed to Fox News by Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick. "I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened". "The students, staff and families deserve the very best, there is much work that needs to be done to reopen our schools safely and I will be praying that we as a community can move past this incident together and that our children always remain in focus".

"I only wish for our local public school to be run by better people", the person wrote. 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'.