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Protester yelling “stop the masks” disrupts Hillsborough school meeting about superintendent

TAMPA – An anti-mask protester disrupted Tuesday morning’s Hillsborough School Board retreat.


What You Need To Know

  • Woman with sign disrupts Hillsborough School board retreat
  • She was eventually escorted from building after shouting “stop the masks now”
  • Tuesday’s meeting was to discuss performance of superintendent

The board was meeting to discuss a Continuous Improvement Plan for Superintendent Addison Davis.

It was a public meeting in a small conference room, but it was mostly just board members and media in attendance.

A woman came into the room carrying a sign and yelling about the district’s mask mandate.

She shouted “Stop the masks now” while physically circling the room.

Security guards escorted her out of the meeting.

As for the meeting, board members say they have identified six areas they’d like to see improvement from Davis.

A few of those are climate and culture, leadership style, the learning environment and community trust.

Board members say they’re hearing about concerns from principals and others in the schools and they want to see changes.

There is also talk of holding town hall meetings and forming citizen committees.

Superintendent Davis says he intends to be more collaborative and he is working to develop more relationships with staff.

He says the pandemic and budget crisis has made it difficult but he’s hopeful moving forward.

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