Controversial Fairfield school board president quietly resigns

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Nov 6, 2014 4:21 AM

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(Fairfield) -- The controversial president of an Adams County School Board has quietly resigned.

The board announced the surprise decision at a special meeting Tuesday night that Brad Rigler called, but didn't attend.

The President of the Fairfield Area School Board had announced in mid-October he would resign, but then he changed his mind.

Dozens of parents had called for Rigler to step down over years-old videos posted to youtube in which he rants against single parents, Congress's apology for slavery, and interracial relationships.

Sara Laird, a parent who led the campaign against Rigler, says the resignation announcement was met with applause.

"Standing ovation. Lots of cheering, clapping, people standing, and then you know, of course, Mr. Hatter telling everybody to come into order," she says.

Acting President Chuck Hatter was one of five school board members who supported Rigler.

Laird says despite the leadership change, the board needs to address other issues, including the school superintendent's contract.

"The Board really needs to come together and there needs to be communication and transparency, but there's still a lot of problems. You know, obviously we're very happy that Mr. Rigler has left," says Laird.

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