On January 25 the KUSD School board met to talk again about the mandatory mask policy. Retired Kenosha Police Lieutenant David Molinaro, who works school board security, removed his security vest and spoke against the mandatory masks. He criticized some members of the board saying that they “need to stop kow-towing the [Kenosha Teacher’s Union]….. Covid stops at 4:00pm at unified, and it starts again at 8:30am in the morning” said Molinaro, referring to the optional mask policy for after-school activities. “Those students there become my children, but I’m not going to tell them to go get vaccinated.”
Two minutes and thirty seconds later he put his vest back on and resumed his security duties about 6 feet from the podium. A second officer working security on the 25th is a retired KPD detective and was watching the front door to the building. Molinaro is usually seen in the western door-way of the board room, where he has a clear view of the entire board room and down the hallways.
On March 11, 2022, a KUSD insider told KCE under the condition on anonymity, Molinaro was ”let go” from school board meeting security. He was seen entering and leaving a KUSD administrator’s office.
Today, March 15, 2022 Molinaro talked for about 10 seconds longer than he did in January. Molinaro didn’t mince words:
“The problem with [me] speaking, Miss Adams, is it went against your agenda. If [Kenosha] Unified’s bullying policy had a high bar you would clear it in street shoes! You are a bully! You are unprofessional!…. I have kids at school who don’t want to wear a mask. Teachers are afraid to come speak here because you will retaliate. You are retaliating for me speaking my mind…… Dr Ormseth, I want my job back. Miss Adams – I suggest you resign from the board tonight – if not you might find my name next to yours when your term is up! Resign tonight because you cannot be trusted for doing your job in an ethical manner. You are a bully – I want my job back. Thank you”
At tonight’s meeting, there was only one retired police officer who was armed, unlike the usual two. There were also two un-armed security officers present.
Board member Todd Price beat Member Rebecca Stevens to the punch to make a motion to amend the “masks optional” policy to begin this Thursday. Stevens told the board she wanted to make the motion, but board president Santos-Adams made a ruling the the motion was Price’s.
Stevens made a angry speech reacting to a wide-spread photo of her mask-less in the community. “I wasn’t wearing a mask because I wasn’t at KUSD!” she screamed. During the citizen’s comments portion of the meeting a man held up a photo of Stevens mask-less at a crowded event which caused Stevens to flail her hands and yell. She had to be talked down by her colleagues.
Board members initially wanted to transition to mask-optional on Thursday to give KUSD administration a “day to transition.” This was mentioned by several board members several times until Superintendent Dr. Bethany Ormseth said bluntly “I can do it tomorrow, no problem.” The board went on to vote unanimously to end mandatory masks beginning Wednesday, March 16.