Recall petitions for 4 district governing board members in Scottsdale over masking

By Elliottr Polakoff | (3TV/CBS 5)

Across Arizona, residents continue to have strong reaction to school districts’ decisions regarding mask mandates. In Scottsdale, two residents have filed petitions to recall the four governing board members that voted for mask mandates this past Tuesday.

“At this point, what choice do parents have to make a difference if the board is not hearing them?” Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) parent Carine Werner said. Werner is a mother of three, whose youngest is a senior at Saguaro High School. And while she won’t be pulling her son out of school because it’s his last year, Carine says that things could have played out differently if the district’s decision this past week had happened when he was younger. “If he was a middle schooler, maybe early high-school, I absolutely would have considered that,” Werner said.

As it stands, Carine’s applied for an exemption waiver for her son to not wear a mask. And if given the chance, she’ll sign any recall petition like the ones currently online for the four district board members who voted for a mask mandate.

“Our community is somewhat divided,” Jann-Michael Greenburg said. “But I would say that it currently favors a mask requirement at this time around 70-30.”

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Greenburg is one of those four SUSD governing board members that voted for the mask mandate. When it comes to the recall petitions that accuse him and fellow board members of putting the physical and mental health of students at risk by mandating face coverings, he says residents shouldn’t be surprised by board member’s decisions.


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August 2021