BREAKING – Recall Language Approved for Matt Davis and Shawna Gamble, Lindsey No,

Written by John Face

Hearing this morning found recall language for School Board member Matt Davis and Shawna Gamble was approved as submitted. The vote to approve Davis and Gamble language was 2-1 for each. The language for the Richard Lindsey recall was considered “too much to pick apart” and was voted down 3-0.

Recall petitioners have plans to refile today with new language against Lindsey. All three are current members of the Marshall Public School Board.

Petition language for Davis:

Mr. Davis violated the Michigan Code of Educational Ethics by failing to confront and take reasonable steps to resolve ethical conflicts involving Board President Lindsey while Lindsey simultaneously served as Albion College attorney and presided over School Board deliberations involving his client. Davis failed to communicate with parents in a respectful manner during the 27 September 2021 School Board meeting by telling the public voting no due to no trust in the board is the height of shooting themselves in the foot.   Davis disregarded the voters’ 2 November 2021 rejection of a school bond, and despite public opposition to an alliance between Marshall Public Schools and Albion College, voted on 13 December 2021 to proceed in establishing a partnership between MPS and Albion College to construct a new school.  Mr. Davis violated the Open Meetings Act and School District policy on 11 October 2021 by participating in a closed session meeting of the Board without the purpose of the meeting being disclosed to the public.  He subsequently created a false official record by approving inaccurate official minutes of the meeting which hid the OMA violation.

Petition language for Gamble:

Shawna Gamble violated the Michigan Code of Educational Ethics by failing to confront and take reasonable steps to resolve ethical conflicts involving Board President Lindsey while Lindsey simultaneously served as Albion College attorney and presided over School Board deliberations involving his client.  Shawna Gamble disregarded the voters’ 2 November 2021 rejection of a school bond, and despite public opposition to an alliance between Marshall Public Schools and Albion College, voted on 13 December 2021 to proceed in establishing a partnership between MPS and Albion College to construct a new school.   Shawna Gamble violated the Open Meetings Act and School District policy on 11 October 2021 by participating in a closed session meeting of the MPS Board of Education without the purpose of the meeting being disclosed to the public.  She subsequently created a false official record by approving inaccurate minutes of the 11 Oct 2021 BOE meeting which hid the OMA violation.

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