ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Community activists gathered outside of the ECISD Administration Building Tuesday night demanding accountability and the resignation of board member Doyle Woodall after controversial posts surfaced on his Facebook timeline.
Rod Johnson, a Community Activist & Student Success Coach said, “The rhetoric that he chose to spread for so long, against so many groups, is absolutely intolerable and we need a system of education in this city that dismantles that type of belief system.”
“This week has brought to a head some systemic issues on race and prejudice that our community is facing. The path forward is not a difficult one healing is going to begin with Mr. Woodall’s resignation,” said Chris Stanley, another Activist at Tuesday nights rally.
“Anyone that is in a position of power has to call on his to resign immediately or your complicit. The public has a right to assume that you agree with or that you are associated with those remarks until you public come out as a leader, everyone, if you are not calling on him resign then you are complicit, your silence is that complicity,” said Johnson.
“Our community needs to move into the present and future without bias, prejudice, and bigotry,” said Stanley.
One ECISD employee said that she has called Woodall and asked for him to resign. There will be a meeting Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to formally address Woodall and his standing on the board.
The ECISD Superintendent, Dr. Scott Muri, taking time before the board meeting to come out and apologize on behalf of the District.
ECISD said outside of asking Woodall to resign they cannot do anything more and cannot remove the trustee from his position.
Johnson said, “The most powerful thing you have is your vote firstly and then secondly your voice. We’re not helpless in this fight, this is our fight, and we want the people to take back the power and say that ‘we demand better for Odessa because we know Odessa is better.”
We spoke to Woodall Monday and he denied any racism towards minority groups, he was not at the meeting Tuesday. The organizers of the rally say they just want accountability. They believe Woodall’s apology and that he is on the path of learning and growing but still believe it is the best interest of his community and ECISD children to resign.