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Oakley Union School District Superintendent Greg Hetrick has issued a statement following the outcry from yesterday's comments made during a school board meeting.

Unaware the video was recording, several school board members spoke disparagingly about parents in regard to school reopening.

Video recording sent to The Press from Monica Barnhouse.  

Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Education members were caught making controversial comments prior to a public meeting on February 17, 2021.

An online petition is calling for the resignation of the board and has garnered hundreds of signatures since last night.

The following is Hetrick's statement in its entirety.

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.