Lakota school leaders say board member continues to engage in questionable behavior

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Controversial at a school board meeting and now visiting during unsupervised school hours, Lakota headteachers say a board member continues to engage in questionable behavior that needs to be corrected. “Said Sharon Mays, president of the Lakota Education Association. This violation is the policy of visiting Lakota schools that was discussed at a board meeting last week. The same board meeting including Darbi Boddy stormed out after other board members called for her resignation, all following a recent social media post from Boddy’s Facebook page that sent people to a pornography website. The policy states: “During school visiting hours, visitors to any school building must first report to the school office and follow the registration procedures. Council members wishing to visit should make appropriate arrangements with the superintendent.” District leaders say Boddy did neither. “She walked into several of our buildings and stopped in the office as they are supposed to for security reasons but then she came in and said she didn’t need anyone to walk around with her. She took pictures of our children, she took pictures of different signs on the walls. This is all in violation of board policy and she knows it,” Mays said. Upsetting teachers and some students, Mays says parents should also be upset because it’s a safety issue. To find out how or what we can do in response there has to be some kind of response If this was a teacher breaking board policy like she did – and just a few weeks ago a porn website was linked to her website, we would be subject to disciplinary action,” Mays said. Boddy has often been criticized for her misinformation about what is taught in Lakota schools. “I don’t know what she expects to find. We’re a great school district, we have great kids and great teachers,” Mays said. Lakota parent Sandy Wheatley started ACT – Advancing Communities Together – for this reason. Bring communities and parents closer to teachers. Their original goal is education in schools. Wheatley said the situation was very sad and disappointing. “Very frustrated that we have someone trying to normalize bad behavior that is not normal for a school board member,” Wheatley said. We were unable to reach Boddy, but she posted a message on her Facebook page saying in part, “I fully understand that this is not traditionally what board members have done, but I would like to think that any awkwardness involved will soon give way to the virtue of that kind of attention and effort.”

Controversial at a school board meeting and now visiting during unsupervised school hours, Lakota headteachers say a board member continues to engage in questionable behavior that needs to be corrected.

“This is all in violation of board policy and she knows it because they just passed it,” said Sharon Mays, president of the Lakota Education Association.

That violation is the Lakota schools visitation policy that was discussed at a board meeting last week. The same board meeting Darbi Boddy stormed out of after other board members called for his resignation. This all follows a recent social media post from Boddy’s Facebook page that sent people to a pornography website.

The policy states that “during school visiting hours, visitors to any school building must first report to the school office and follow registration procedures. Board members wishing to visit should make appropriate arrangements with the Director.

District leaders say Boddy did neither.

“She walked into several of our buildings and stopped by the office like they’re supposed to for security, but then she walked in and said she didn’t need anyone to walk around with her. “She took pictures of our kids, she took pictures of different signs on the walls. It’s all in violation of council policy and she knows it,” Mays said.

Upsetting teachers and some students, Mays says parents should be upset too because it’s a matter of safety and security.

“I don’t know how or what we can do in response to this, there has to be some sort of response. If it was a teacher who violated board policy like she did – and just a few weeks ago a pornographic website was linked to her website, we would be subject to disciplinary action,” Mays said.

Boddy has often been criticized for her misinformation about what is taught in Lakota schools.

“I don’t know what she expects to find. We’re a great school district, we have great kids, and we have great teachers,” Mays said.

Lakota parent Sandy Wheatley started ACT – Advancing Communities Together – for this reason. Bring communities and parents closer to teachers. Their initial goal is education in schools. Wheatley said the situation was very sad and disappointing.

“Very frustrated that we have someone trying to normalize bad behavior that is not normal for a school board member,” Wheatley said.

We were unable to reach Boddy, but she posted a message on her Facebook page saying in part, “I fully understand that this is not traditionally what board members have done, but I would like to think that any awkwardness involved will soon give way to grace at that kind of attention and effort.

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