Hofmeister demands more for families after court victory in Western Heights district case


 
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Carrie Burkhart
Director of Communications
(405) 521-3371, c: (405) 760-7881
carrie.burkhart@sde.ok.gov

Erin Corbin
Communications Specialist
(405) 521-3375
erin.corbin@sde.ok.gov

Annette Price
Communications Specialist
(405) 521-6647
annette.price@sde.ok.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Hofmeister demands more for families after court victory in Western Heights district case

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 9, 2021) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is demanding Western Heights School Board President Robert Everman resign and attorney Jerry Colclazier stop wasteful litigation at taxpayers’ expense after a ruling today in Oklahoma County District Court.

District Court Judge Aletia Timmons ruled in favor of the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Board of Education and Hofmeister in a court battle against Western Heights and former superintendent Mannix Barnes. The Court ruled in the state’s favor on all 13 issues presented, including the emergency action to remove Barnes.

“When the families of Western Heights spoke out, we listened and we acted. Today’s ruling by Judge Timmons supports our actions and shows that the law is clear. The State Board of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Education have the authority to respond and intervene in a school district when students’ needs are willfully disregarded and unmet, when fiscal management is recklessly inadequate, and when community voices have gone unheard for too long,” Hofmeister said. “Every step of this court battle, we have prevailed. But most importantly, this is a victory for Western Heights students, families and the community.

"The next step is to remove Everman and stop any more wasteful and destructive litigation. These two men, Everman and Colclazier, are not serving this district in a way that represents parents, families and the greater Western Heights community. They must go.”

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Last updated on November 9, 2021