Holmen School Board President resigns amid controversy over fake social media account
HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT)- Cheryl Hancock, the president of the Holmen faculty board, resigned at Monday evening’s assembly.
The transfer comes after Hancock got here underneath hearth for having a pretend Fb profile for eleven years, utilizing it to answer crucial posts concerning the board and to interact on-line with conservative faculty board candidates.
Simply final week, the varsity board voted to re-elect Hancock as president, shortly after she admitted to working the pretend account.
After Monday evening’s closed session, Hancock learn an announcement:
“As I mirrored this previous weekend I got here to the choice that this case had develop into unmanageable for me, my household, and my many associates and supporters in addition to the College District of Holmen, its college students, employees, and the Holmen neighborhood and have made the choice to step down from my place on the Holmen College Board efficient instantly.
I’d once more prefer to apologize for using a false persona, however I’d ask you to learn what I stated and decide for your self whether or not my feedback have been harassing or bullying. When introduced with the data changing into public – I used to be at a crossroads – I might have denied that I used to be actually Annie and since no crime had been dedicated there was no approach to show it in any other case. The Holmen Police Division confirmed for me that there was by no means any investigation into this as a result of there was no crime – actually, they’ve destroyed the data that have been despatched to them again in February. Final week I made the choice to be sincere and forthcoming in my mistake and express regret. I nonetheless ask on your empathy and forgiveness.
If we wish to come collectively and unite perhaps we should always cease vilifying one another. It’s okay to have sturdy opinions on both aspect however all this name-calling is getting us nowhere.
The varsity district has a lot work to do and I’m stepping apart in order that they will get on with it. I’m happy with what we’ve achieved over the previous twenty years and am hoping that my total document of accomplishments will sometime be the legacy I go away and never this misstep.
A well-respected member of the neighborhood despatched this message to me lately: “An individual is measured by the physique of service they offer and your service is tough to not recognize on the highest degree. One little misstep doesn’t outline you nor does it change my respect for our friendship.”
The Holmen faculty board didn’t vote one other president into place at Monday evening’s assembly.
The board’s subsequent assembly is arising Monday.
The board launched this assertion:
“Involved Residents of Holmen College District,
As members of the Holmen College Board, we’ve dedicated ourselves to creating our college district the very best place that it may presumably be. We have now dedicated ourselves to performing in the very best curiosity of the entire district’s youngsters. Whereas we’ve confronted many challenges over the previous few years, our most up-to-date problem includes our personal College Board President, Cheryl Hancock. Ms. Hancock has admitted to utilizing social media to work together with neighborhood members relating to neighborhood points.
At the start, we board members want to prolong a honest apology to anybody who was impacted by these interactions on social media. Subsequent, we want to thank the numerous neighborhood members who reached out and shared with us their views on these latest occasions. Lots of you acknowledged in your letters that our kids are watching and inappropriate actions will need to have penalties.
We want to be clear that such a conduct has no place on our college board and in our neighborhood. When board members are elected, they’re required to stick to a Board Coverage on Board Ethics. Inside that coverage, it states that “the Board and its members will conduct themselves with integrity and excessive moral ideas in an effort to mannequin the behaviors anticipated of employees and college students and keep public confidence and credibility.” We really feel the intent of this coverage has been violated. Due to this fact, I’m formally notifying the Holmen College District neighborhood that as of this night, Ms. Hancock has resigned her place of Board President and as a member of the Holmen College Board.
Tonight, the board took step one to rebuild the belief, integrity, confidence, and credibility that you simply count on of us as leaders in our neighborhood. I hope to maneuver ahead from this each as a neighborhood and as a College Board. We are going to work tirelessly at rebuilding relationships and bringing our neighborhood collectively in order that the complete Holmen neighborhood may be happy with our public faculties.
We wish to acknowledge and thank Cheryl Hancock for her service to the district over the previous 26 years. Resulting from her steadfast dedication to the District, we’re happy with the numerous accomplishments underneath her management.”
Earlier Monday, Hancock additionally resigned from her daytime job as govt director of the Coulee Restoration Heart in La Crosse, efficient instantly.
She was planning to retire this summer time earlier than the controversy.
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