Facebook comment fuels firestorm in Cornish school board controversy
School Board member Holly Taft said Wednesday that her May 20 Facebook comment about having met with “F---tards” was not directed toward people who attended a school board meeting May 19, but another group of people she had met with that same night.
“I did not intend for everyone in the world to see it,” she said
“Most people that know me, know me on Facebook, understand it’s part of my shtick,” Taft said.
About 100 people upset over the Facebook post turned out at Tuesday’s school board meeting, but were not allowed to speak.
One board member, Sharon St. Martin, made a motion to open up the meeting for comments Tuesday.
Audience members passed around a petition Tuesday night calling for Taft’s resignation.
Barber said the controversy started when someone thought she had brought along an infant while working in the school after-care program.
“Their concern was that I was working while volunteering,” Barber said. “They thought I was on the clock while I had the child there, which was not the case. Once that case was found to be a non-issue, they called their insurance company and found this was a liability to have this uninsured child in their school.”
Taft said Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin had met with Barber, who “didn’t want to comply with what the superintendent asked of her.”
She said the board intends to discuss and possibly vote on the volunteer policy at its next meeting on June 16.
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