Beloit school board VP resigns

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BELOIT - After raising concerns about what he considered to be a disproportionate amount of African-American staff members leaving the School District of Beloit at a Tuesday evening board meeting, School District of Beloit Board of Education Vice President David Wilson announced he was resigning immediately, according to a Facebook post from him this afternoon at his account titled "David R. Wilson-School Board Member."

In the post Wilson said his family is relocating and will no longer be residents of Beloit.

"...It has been humbling to serve on behalf of those who supported me as well as those who have not. To be raised within this education system and earn an opportunity to make it better is something I'll be proud of for the rest of my life...," his post stated.

In the post, Wilson said every student, parent, teacher, support staff, administrator deserves a school district that is committed to humanity and equity just as much as it is committed to achievement.

Wilson urged people to explore the narrative of what's being described and take it all in to decide what's the truth. The post said his Facebook page would "self destruct real soon."

During Tuesday's school board meeting Wilson cited a Facebook post from former board member Dennis Baskin which listed African-American staff members who resigned or moved on, had positions eliminated, were demoted or put in subordinate positions.

During Tuesday's meeting, the board also approved the resignation of Wilson's wife, Beloit Memorial High School Assistant Principal Janay Banks-Wilson.

In a Facebook post dated Aug. 13 following the meeting, Wilson said while he is proud of the body of work he will leave behind in Beloit, being a school board member will not be something he will remember fondly. He said many have been correct that the district and board are a mess, are not discussing achievement enough, are not celebrating or supporting all of its employees, are not welcoming all families and students to its buildings, is not committed to equity and is not ready to have tough conversations about race.

"...No, my presentation was not as eloquent as it could have been but I don't apologize for what I said and if I offended anyone, I'm sorry for the way you feel. I'm not perfect or the smartest person I know. As long as I wake up, I'll do my best to advocate and try to do the right thing. I won't always be successful, I won't always be polite but I'm working on that and I hope to be better."

When asked what the board's next steps will be, Board of Education President Pam Charles said the district will post a notice of a vacancy to start the application process for candidates.

The Daily News was unable to reach Wilson for comment.

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