Read to the Board of Education during Public Comment
May 10, 2016
by Pat Crowley
I stand here tonight in support of Grace Davis and applaud her intelligence, tenacity and outstanding moral character in standing up for the teachers and students of Douglas County.
I have listened to the recording, and attended the last board meeting where she bravely stood up and articulated how she felt bullied and intimidated. I sat while she described how her parents had not consented to the meeting and when she rightfully asked for the resignations of Directors Silverthorn and Reynolds. I sat and watched Grace tremble. I sat and witnessed numerous violations of Roberts Rules in the attempt to stifle comments and prevent the motion asking for the immediate resignations from moving forward. I sat and listened to Director Silverthorn and Reynolds refuse to accept responsibility for their actions and to properly apologize to Grace and her family. I sat and listened to the refusal of directors Silverthorn and Reynolds to recuse themselves from voting on the motion regarding their resignation. I sat and listened while director Benevento declared, “We make the rules”. I sat silently while an improper “phone in” vote occurred. I sat and listened while the perfectly named “Grace” displayed just that.
I will sit no longer. I stand with Grace. I stand with Grace and demand the immediate resignation of directors Silverthorn and Reynolds. I stand with Grace and the hundreds of community members who have sent emails to all board members requesting the resignations. I stand with the Girl Scouts and their swift action. I stand with the thousands of citizens of Douglas County who have voted to restore our school district. Directors Silverthorn and Reynolds, you have lost all moral authority to be sitting up on the dais. It is time for both of you to stand up for what is right, step down and sit down. I stand with Grace.