Antioch School Board to Discuss Potential Launch of Board Directed Investigation

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

On Wednesday, Antioch School Board Trustee President Antonio Hernandez is requesting a discussion on launching a Board Directed School District Investigation.

According to the Agenda Item:

Board Directed School District Investigation – A discussion on launching a board investigation on the policies, practices, and culture of the Antioch Unified School District that impact our employees and students.

Its unclear what Hernandez is exactly requesting or seeking out because the Antioch School Board sets policy, it does not perform administrative functions. Last week, a third-party investigator cleared the district of any mishandling of “bully boss” accusations.

Although bullying was accused all the way back in January 2023, the Board did not request a debrief on the investigation until April 10, 2024 and ultimately received a debrief in closed session on May 8, 2024.  The Antioch School District then released a letter to district employees on May 15, 2024 citing they acted in accordance with the law and proper process and protocols. Also cites Anello not involved with any of the investigations, findings or discipline.

This then prompted Hernandez to accuse the superintendent of bullying him while breaking attorney-client privilege and posting legal documents online.

He made two posts online:

May 15 at 6:43 pm – “AGAIN, I will continue to talk about the issues that affect our employees and students. I will not tolerate an environment where bullies are allowed to run rampant in our school district. I will not be bullied or silenced by any administration official just because I am calling them out!“ May 15 at 4:15 pm – This is yet another example of the culture of bullying at the Antioch Unified School District. I will not be bullied by the Superintendent in hopes that the the problems she created go away.

Editors Note – if anything, the documents show Hernandez has bullied district staff, broken board policy, and likely committed multiple Brown Act Violations. By law, the superintendent cannot technically bully any board member as they are a superintendents boss and hold power over her, not the other way around. 

If You Go:
Wednesday, May 20, 2024
Antioch Unified School District Board Meeting
510 G Street, Antioch, CA 94509
Closed Session: 6:15 p.m.
Open Session: 7:00 p.m.
Agenda – click here

For more background:

Podcast: Ken Turnage Responds to “Bully Boss” Accusations

A chat with Ken Turnage regarding the “bully boss” accusations within the Antioch Unified School District. With a third-party investigator agreeing with District findings, Turnage is now willing to speak on what had actually transpired. Turnage shares his thoughts on the bond, the work environment, and changes within the department. We then get into the placement of the desk on the roof, printers, to other comments made such as from the union. We touch on Board Member Antonio Hernandez calling for superintendent Stephanie Anello resign or being fired ahead of even being debriefed on the accusations and findings. Turnage says he looks forward to returning to work once everything is completed.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.