Popular school board member Eric Meadows announced today that he’s not running For re-election next April. Meadows posted the news on social media at about 10:00 am. Meadows was a popular member of the board, especially among conservatives voters.
“I have officially turned in my Notification of Non-Candidacy. I will not be running for reelection in the spring. My daughter has graduated from KUSD, so it is time to pass the torch to others.
I got involved several years back when the board was deciding whether to close schools or not. I knew my child’s needs better than they did and I simply wanted the choice to continue to go to school. The immediate vitriol that I received after speaking up from those who claimed to know better than me inspired me to run for office. I couldn’t stand for parents being ignored.
Though I haven’t accomplished everything I would have wanted, I have done my best to put education back in the hands of those to whom it belongs, the parents. Public schools exist to assist parents in their sacred responsibility to educate their children. It’s not the other way around.
I have boldly taken stances and am touched by the immense support I have found in this community. There are passionate parents here who want their kids to have the best education possible, and who are tired of being ignored, and/or demonized. I am proud to have given you a voice at the table. In doing so, I have angered some people as well. Parents standing up for their rights is a threat to those who want to indoctrinate the next generation in their worldview.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve the community and look forward to encouraging and supporting the next board members who will continue this fight.“
Meadows was elected in 2022 for a three year term. Early this year, the school district said they learned of a “clerical error” and forced Meadows off the board after only a year in his seat. The board then appointed Meadows to the board for another year, despite board president Yolanda Adams’ (D) wishes.
Meadows sued the district, but activist judge Chad Kerkman (D) ruled that the election was to be reversed, saying “[KUSD] tried their best.”
The school board has a 5-2 democrat majority. Democrats Todd Battle, Mary Modder, and Todd Price are expected to be running for re-election this coming April.