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Board Meeting Recordings and News Articles

School Board Meeting Recordings

February 15, 2022 - Special School Board meeting during which the vote to go mask optional in defiance of the WA state mask mandate was taken.

04:00 Kari Williams calls the meeting to order, Semi Bird makes a motion "effective immediately we vote to go to mask choice in the Richland School District."

04:45 Rick Jansons states that he believes the motion is out of order and that the vote is illegal.

06:30 Semi Bird explains his reason for the motion, including an assertion that a mandate is not a law.

21:10 Ms Williams calls for the vote: Mr Bird, Ms Byrd and Ms William vote Yes; Mr Jansons and Ms Oldson vote No; Motion passed 3-2 for mask choice.

February 17, 2022 - Emergency board meeting in which the resolution to make masks optional in Richland Schools is amended to be effective on the same day that the Washington state mask mandate expires.

Recordings of additional board meetings can be found on the Richland School District website under Board Meeting Recordings.

Tri-City Herald Articles

The following is a list of links to news articles related to the recall. Please note that you may encounter a paywall.

June 14, 2022 - Tri-Cities judge tosses out 1 charge in Richland School Board recall

May 12, 2022 - 3 Richland school officials ask WA Supreme Court to toss out recall effort

May 12, 2022 - Richland School Board votes to settle open meetings lawsuit. Here's what they'll pay

May 11, 2022 - Judge OKs recall petition against 3 Richland school officials. What comes next?

May 9, 2022 - Arguments begin in recall of three Richland School Board members. Deadline for decision looms.

May 7, 2022 - Who's behind the Richland School Board recall? One is the former head of Hanford.

April 13, 2022 - Recall petitions filed to oust 3 Richland school officials who voted to defy WA mask law.

April 2, 2022 - Richland School Board member says she deleted text messages with other board members.

February 24, 2022 - Richland School Board violated WA open meetings law over mask vote, lawsuit claims.

February 23, 2022 - 1,500 demand immediate resignation of 3 Richland school leaders in wake of mask vote.

February 22, 2022 - Richland school board may be heading for another shakeup.

February 17, 2022 - Richland students return to class Friday with masks on - for now.

February 17, 2022 - Richland superintendent explains why schools closed. 2nd emergency meeting called.

February 16, 2022 - Richland parents divided after school board sudden decision to go mask optional.

February 16, 2022 - Richland school board still meeting in emergency session over mask decision.

February 15, 2022 - Richland schools close immediately after surprise vote to defy WA mask mandate.

February 10, 2022 - Mask frustration boils over in another tense Richland School Board meeting.

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