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Mildred Russell sworn in to School Board

Mildred Russell is sworn in by Judge Rob Groeb

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Mildred Russell, who was appointed to the vacant District 2 seat on the Alachua County School Board by Governor Ron DeSantis, was sworn in today in a ceremony at Bo Diddley Plaza. Given that the Alachua County School Board has implemented a mask mandate with no parental opt-out, in violation of Florida Department of Health and Department of Education rules, the oath is noteworthy: “I, Mildred Russell, do solemnly swear that I will support, protect, and defend the constitution and government of the United States and the constitution and government of the State of Florida, that I am duly qualified to hold office under the constitution of the State of Florida, that I will well and faithfully perform the duties of School Board Member, on which I am now about to enter, so help me God.”

In brief remarks, Russell said she was “so excited to serve the families, the children, the parents of our community on the School Board. I am ready to launch into ways of serving the needs of our community, so I hope you will all support all the School Board Members as we tackle the issues that are before us. I appreciate the community’s support, and I appreciate all of you being here. Feel free to contact me any time.”

The Special School Board meeting following the ceremony had only one agenda item: a resolution to authorize “the Superintendent to retain the services of outside counsel to challenge Florida Department of Health Rule 64DER21-12, Florida Department of Education Emergency Rules, in protecting the interests of Alachua County Public Schools students and staff, by any legal means necessary.” The resolution passed 4-1, with Russell in dissent.

  • What a mess this just made. There is a Republican on an Alachua County Board. Every Springs County fringie just had a wet dream. Perhaps they can get some Federal Disaster Funds to help with the cleanup.

    • Actually it’s 2 centrist democrats, 1 right leaning republican and 2 progressive idiots.

    • All that American disaster fund money is going to pay
      (Bribe) people to take the clot shot.

  • I hope she doesn’t wear a mask at the meetings. It’s
    Her body, her choice. —There should be no problems
    Because if the other members all got the vax and it works, then
    Why wear a mask? Making kids wear a mask is child abuse. Hey!, teachers!…Leave them kids alone!!!

  • That oath is noteworthy! Desantis needs to make an executive order that all elected or appointed officials need
    To reaffirm their loyalty oath to the US constitution & the state of
    Florida and the government of Florida (which DeSantis is Governor of)….if they don’t, follow the governors’ rule,
    That they will immediately be removed…so help me god.

    • Yeah, it seems the 2 centrist dems and the 2 progressive idiots get their marching orders from the Marxist commie manifesto…

  • Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper on Friday agreed with a group of parents who claimed in a lawsuit that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on the mandates is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced (Friday 8/27)

    • Great! I think the mask mandates are unconstitutional and I won’t comply! How do you like them apples?
      Ha! If you hate freedom so much, move to CCP.
      CCP virus, CCP protocol…

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