Gooding School Board Member Resigns

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By Paul Johnson

Gooding, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Gooding School Board Member Lucinda Rogers said she will resign her position as a Gooding School Board Member on June 30. the letter was submitted on Tuesday, March 11.

In checking the school's website earlier Wednesday, Rogers term for the zone 2 seat, would end on June 30, 2014. A later check at the site indicated her term expired in 2013. A call to the County clerks office revealed that her term actually expires June 30, 2015.

The county clerk also confirmed that a pre-recall petition had been filed earlier. 21 signatures had been approved out of 24 submitted. Therefore, the group seeking the recall was given the go-ahead to seek the necessary 94 signatures needed to place the recall on the ballot. Because Rogers ran uncontested in the last election, county officials went back to the election where there was a contested race where 187 people had voted. In order for a recall vote to happen, half of that number or 94 would need to sign the petition.

It's not known whether the group organizing the recall will continue to pursue that option. The county clerks office indicates they have 75 days to gather the necessary signatures.

In the letter Rogers said, “I feel our board has gotten off track. I do not feel that it is a safe and respectful environment for service. Since July, my opinion and effort as a board member has been disregarded and disrespected and I refuse to allow this to continue.” Rogers went on to say, “I have witnessed Board Members treatment toward the Superintendent during Executive Session. Executive session is closed to the public, but that does not mean that anything goes. Their actions were inappropriate and should not have been allowed to happen. “

The board member said that during board meetings, “My tires have been flattened on two occasions, I have been followed to my car and harassed by a patron, received hate mail, my children have been directly impacted by comments made, I continue to be threatened, intimidated, and bullied - especially by those that say publicly it is time to move on and time for our community to heal, but work behind the scenes to create drama and to continue the madness. I refuse to allow a volunteer position to consume my life, threaten my safety, and take away from the things that matter most, my FAMILY.”

The following is the official letter submitted to the school district.
March 11, 2014
To: Dr. Williams, Trustees, Staff, and Patrons of Gooding School District
I am resigning my position as Trustee of the Gooding School District, effective June 30, 2014.

I have served as a trustee of Gooding School District since 2008, as a Regional officer for the Idaho School Boards Association, and received my Master of Boardmanship Award many times. I know what it means to be a school board trustee - we are entrusted to set policies for our most treasured institutions - our public schools. We are here to serve the best interest of our students. I am proud to have been part of turning the district around financially, academically, mending relationships with our teaching staff, and renovating our infrastructure and facilities. It has been exciting to be part of our district's progressive strategic plan including our innovations in technology. During my time on the Board, our Board has been recognized across the state and even nationally for our good work. The most rewarding part though has been knowing I was making a difference to kids in my own community.

I have learned a great deal about this community and what it means to serve diverse interests. My service has taught me how to deal with difficult people, how to get a community to work towards a vision and a mission, and what a gift board service can be to oneself and to one's community. I've enjoyed working on behalf of our kids. I have enjoyed working with the outstanding and talented staff in this district. Serving on the school board has been an enriching and huge learning opportunity, and I have been fortunate over the years to work with individuals that have lead this district to new heights. As a Board, we may not have agreed on all the issues but we honored board etiquette and our responsibility to serve others and not any personal agendas or vendettas.

At this time, I feel our Board has gotten off track. I do not feel that it is a safe and respectful environment for service. Since July, my opinion and effort as a board member has been disregarded and disrespected and I refuse to allow this to continue. I have witnessed the behavior of a fellow Board Member towards another Board Member during executive session. I have witnessed Board Members treatment towards the Superintendent during Executive Session. Executive session is closed to the public, but that does not mean that anything goes. Their actions were inappropriate and should not have been allowed to happen. I do not condone this behavior and cannot serve in such an environment. During Board meetings my tires have been flattened on two occasions, I have been followed to my car and harassed by a patron, received hate mail, my children have been directly impacted by comments made, I continue to be threatened, intimidated, and bullied - especially by those that say publically it is time to move on and time for our community to heal, but work behind the scenes to create drama and to continue the madness. I refuse to allow a volunteer position to consume my life, threaten my safety, and take away from the things that matter most, my FAMILY. My wise 5th Grade teacher told me not so long ago that some of the most enriching opportunities also have a way of being the most difficult.

I will end with this quote, "Knowing when to walk away is wisdom, being able to walk away is courage, and walking away with your head held high is dignity." I resign knowing that I have put my heart into my service, participating in every opportunity provided to me to become a better board member, and I stand firmly behind all the decisions I have made. I have been told it is better to be happy than right, and life is too short for this kind of madness, I agree.

Lucinda Rogers


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