At the last school board meeting on Wednesday, February 17th for the Smyrna Board of Education, Diane Eastburn gave a public comment for the ages. While announcing she would be running for the open seat on the school board, Eastburn trashed the district. Eastburn is a frequent advocate for students with disabilities in IEP meetings. She also served on the IEP Task Force led by former Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn in 2014. Eastburn’s public comment was cut off due to a three minute restriction but she posted the rest in various Facebook groups yesterday.
I am informing you that I am filing the needed papers to run for the open school board position – because change is in our futures. Some of you, may spread more lies, you may continue to challenge my character and good name with lies, but you will no longer get a free pass. I will start challenging legally those who attempt to damage my reputation, good name, and my standing in the community with lies. I may not win, that’s okay, because at least the dirty laundry and lies that have glued this district together will be out for the community to judge you all! I am not done – I have just begun to fight for our students – staff – parents – taxpayers and community members. If that makes me a trouble maker – so be it!
Back in August, I was watching the board meeting. I have been on the receiving end of hateful, hurtful, and flat out lies that have been written about me and false statements made about my character and integrity by so called leaders of this district. However, I was one of the few – who when a public apology was made, I accepted the fact a lesson was learned and a wrong was righted. I was wrong.I am done sitting in board meeting after board meeting where the public questions or statements go unanswered! Where the administration tramples over students and parents’ rights unchallenged and uncorrected. I am tired of staff and students being mistreated and bullied. I am tired of staff complaining they are forced to teach ideology instead of teaching students core subjects.
I now speak to you as a tax paying member of this district who is tired. Tired of an apology out one side of the mouth while changing platforms to continue to attack people. I am tired of leadership who says – do as I say not as I do! I am tired of fake IEP meetings, I am tired of faked documents, I am tired of altered documents, I am tired of fake data or no data. I am tired of illegal change of placements made to students. I am tired of parents being told security cameras purchased with taxpayers dollars are private property of the district and a parent can not view their child’s attack – yet those very same cameras are used by the district to go after students. I am tired of staff that lives in fear – of the wrath of one PERSON! I AM TIRED OF BEING LIED TO AND HAVING TO GET PROOF OF THE LIES THROUGH FOIA REQUESTS!
You want truth – how about an elementary age child who was falsely accused of being arrested by this administration, then months after being informed the accusations were false by the police – a staff member telling a parent not to allow her child to play with that kid because he had been arrested! You want truth – after reporting discrimination against a student with special needs on a field trip by the hosts of the events (yes this has happened more than once) – you send more kids to the very same people after it was reported to the administration and the school board. You want truth – how about failing to report legally required restraint reports to DOE & parents! You want truth – how about an elementary child man-handled by administration! (I believe this is as far as I got to read the rest was to be as follows) You want truth – how about a student restrained for over 40 minutes because he stepped on a staffers foot when they walked past – NO IMMINENT DANGER TO STAFF – STUDENTS OR SELF! PURE RETALIATION! Yet – unreported to DOE! You want truth – I am tired of students’ rights violated – I am tired of parents’ rights violated – like when parents are NOT given writeups by administration – then told they can not appeal a punishment without the needed document. I am tired of a superintendent (administrator) refusing to meet with a parent to resolve a matter – then he cries to others that I don’t follow the chain of command! You want truth – how about a child removed from a building and the parent not contacted for hours – then lied to about who witnessed it! You want truth – I don’t think so – because that clearly shows the total incompetence and bad behaviors of this administration and board!
That is certainly one way to announce your candidacy for a local school board race! As of press time there was no filings announced by the Delaware Department of Elections for the Smyrna School District Board of Education board seat.