Sheffield responds to ‘Rumor Tuesday’ at Nov. 9 Board of Education meeting
By Joe McGehee
Rockford Public School District 205 Superintendent Dr. LaVonne M. Sheffield forwent her usual sports update during her comments at the Nov. 9 Rockford Board of Education meeting to address what she views as “rumors and misinformation” regarding her and her administration. Sheffield called Tuesday’s meeting “Rumor Tuesday.” To read Sheffield’s full remarks, click on the following link: Sheffield’s Nov. 9 remarks.
Specifically, Sheffield’s remarks focused on the work of local grassroots organization Watchdogs for Ethics in Education (WEE) and a guest column written by WEE members Jane Hayes and Mary Jo Powers that appeared in the Nov. 3 issue of The Rock River Times (click here to read the column). WEE organized a concerned taxpayers’ rally outside the District 205 Administration Building prior to the board meeting.
More than 50 people attended the rally. Signs read “BOARD—Have you forgotten? YOU WORK FOR US!”, “LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES,” “Have You forgotten Mrs. Westholder … Supt. Sheffield works for … YOU!!!”, and “Release Hardy’s Letter” (in relation to TRRT and the Illinois Press Association’s efforts to obtain a letter written by former Rockford Auburn High School Principal and current Freeport High School Principal Dr. Patrick Hardy).
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