On Thursday, the Floyd Municipal School Board was removed in its entirety by disgraced Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED). The School Board voted on Monday to reaffirm its previous decision to allow students and parents to choose whether to wear masks or whether to adhere to extreme social distancing requirements.
KOB 4 reports, “The five-member Floyd school board was suspended Wednesday after refusing to comply with the New Mexico Public Education Department’s guidelines on masks” and virus protocols.
All of the board members, Leon Nall, Jeff Essary, Vicki Banister, Charlsea Lee, and Ryan Bollema, have been suspended. However, since they contend that the NMPED does not have the authority to do such a thing that the ruling is invalid.
KOB also noted that Damon Terry, who previously was put on administrative leave by the School Board, was reinstated as superintendent by NMPED.
““The PED takes its responsibility to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all staff and students incredibly seriously. We cannot put students, staff and their families at unnecessary risk as we continue the fight against the Delta variant. By ignoring these basic safety measures, the board impairs the ability of the district to offer safe and uninterrupted in-person learning opportunities,” Stewart said in the suspension memo.
The Governor previously claimed it was time to make “any number of tough decisions ” and that “everything is on the table.”