4 Williamston school board members face recall over transgender policies

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In November, every seat on the Williamston Community Schools board will be up for re-election.

Two of the terms expire at the end of the summer, and one of the seats is vacant. But four school board members, Christopher Lewis, Sarah Belanger, Nancy Deal and Greg Talberg, face a recall election over policies passed last year.

“It is unfortunate, but we are committed to our community, we are committed to everything that the school board has done to be able to move the schools forward,” Lewis said.

One of the policies states if a student isn’t comfortable using a gender-segregated facility–such as a restroom or locker room–the district will work with that student to find a private restroom or changing facility.

Tina Brookhouse, who supports the recall effort, says her issue has nothing to do with transgender students.

“It’s more about parental rights, and being informed of what the child is struggling with no matter what it is,” she said.

Lewis said despite the recall efforts, the board members will continue their work, and touted the district’s enrollment boom and better finances.

“The district is just in a really good spot. And to be honest, our school board works really well together, and I would hate to see that momentum disrupted,” he said.

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