Hillsboro High School area parents who had initiated a recall attempt against District 8 school board member Michael Hayes have withdrawn their petition effort.
Parents three weeks ago picked up petitions in hopes of removing Hayes from office, the culmination of their frustration after the controversial transfer of beloved Hillsboro International Baccalaureate coordinator Mary Catherine Bradshaw. The petitioners needed to collect more than 6,000 signatures in just 30 days to hold a special election.
But now the concerned citizens say they’re satisfied with Hayes’ actions in reaching out to constituents, particularly his “stated support for the cluster-wide International Baccalaureate program,” a press release sent by the group reads.
“I hadn’t heard that,” Hayes said of the withdrawn petition effort when contacted by The City Paper. “I think it’s certainly good news.
“Throughout the spring, I met with parents, spoke to parents on the phone about the International Baccalaureate program,” he said. “I’ve participated in a number of small group meetings with parents and Dr. [Jesse] Register. I’ll continue to do that throughout the summer.”
The press release issued by concerned Hillsboro parents says Hayes has done a better job of responding timely to constituent concerns, organizing future meetings over the summer, attending parent-teacher meetings and overtly expressing his supporter for the International Baccalaureate program.
“That’s what we wanted,” said Paula Jennings, who is active in the Hillsboro area and had taken part in the petition-drive. “We wanted our elected official to respond to parents. He’s responding, so we’re just trying to say that’s all we ever wanted.”