|Friends, we need your support today. We need District 7 School Board to know that we expect them to re-instate Vice-Principal Domiano and Science Teacher Medart at this Tuesday’s School Board meeting. It is important that they receive your email before Tuesday’s 9/28.|
Following are two letters one written by Holli Morton Chair JCRCC and the other by Victoria Marshall. Please feel free to use parts or all of these letters and send them to the following school board members.
You will also find a short note you can send if you only have a minute.
We are still working on the recall effort for Brian Delagrange and Cliff Kuhlman. It takes a lot of people to make a change, we hope we can count on you.
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Dear School Board Members of District 7:
I request that you reverse your decision to fire Katie Medart and Rachel Damiano. The whole matter was unnecessary, was poorly executed, and does not reflect the sentiments of this community.
Letter by Holli Morton
Dear District Seven School Board members Nelson, Delagrange, Brummel, and Kuhlman,
The School Board showed intelligence and clarity when you voted to give Ms. Medart and Ms. Damiano appeals after firing them last month. As I’m sure you noticed, there was a community uproar following the firings for the following reasons: Their firing lacked due process. Counseling about school policy would likely have sufficed. You could also have assembled a group of teachers, parents, and students to discuss possible solutions. You seemed to be scrambling for possible reasons to fire Medart and Damiano following extreme pressure from a small group of the LGBTQ2+ community. The violation of school policy was not well proven and, if equally applied to all teachers, would likely result in many other unnecessary terminations. The firing was fiscally irresponsible. You opened the district and taxpayers to unnecessary litigation and ongoing legal expenses not to mention the cost of hiring and training their replacements. You responded to the demands of a few kids at the expense of the vast majority of kids, all the while citing that EVERY KID should be given a fair chance and unconditional love. The sound system at the hearing was ineffective, making it difficult for board members or observers to hear. Board member Kuhlman was either not able to hear or could not track the proceedings. you did not allow him to abstain as he requested and his vote was then coached in a private setting. He now appears to regret those actions and wants to relook at the facts. You violated the First Amendment rights of Medart and Damiano. Local public policy cannot and does not override Constitutional mandates. In short, your rush to terminate two talented and loving teachers suggests a lack of familiarity with the community you serve. If we cater to the demands of ANY faction, we create unnecessary division. It is imperative that we communicate effectively and that each of us makes concessions for the betterment of all. Public policy is meant to serve the greater good; not just a few. Please consider forming a discussion group of sensible parents, teachers, administrators, and students, representing as many factions as possible. It would be far less costly and more efficient than adjudicating this through the courts. As a civil society, we can work this thing out.
Please reach out to local leaders to ask for assistance in working this and other matters out for the benefit of the community as a whole, not just those who scream the loudest.
Letter Two by Victoria Marshall
Dear Distinguished School Board Members,
I am writing to demand the reinstatement of Vice-Principal Domiano and Science Teacher Medart. The firing of these two excellent employees was hasty and ill-advised, violating Due Process and both women’s 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech.
The Superintendent and four members of the School Board who voted to terminate Rachel and Katie opened the District to unnecessary, expensive litigation, as well as damaged the District’s reputation. The shameful way Mr. Kuhlman was harangued into voting to fire instead of abstaining was a public spectacle and probably violated policy.
Public polling shows that Americans support gender-specific bathroom facilities (and gender-specific athletics) by a significant majority. Consequently, the I Resolve website was not only an exercise in Free Speech, it is also majority public sentiment. Further, it is exceedingly clear that Katie and Rachel showed loving kindness to all, exhibiting the epitome of high standards in public education. The same cannot be said for the District and Board member who voted for the firing. It was mean-spirited and abuse of power.
District 7 defamed the reputations of these two employees. It is unconscionable. But further, it is baffling. The district must return to sane policies the public supports. The damage done to the district by a politically motivated minority (and the ill-advised District and Board members) can be mitigated by Rachel and Katie’s reinstatement.
I thank you for your prompt attention to the matter.