An intense exchange at Tuesday night’s MPS school board meeting has people calling for school board director, Michael Bonds, to step down.
Bonds told the Vice President of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, Amy Mizialko, to “go to hell” while she was talking at the podium.
“There should be an apology to the 77,000 students of this district that he drug through the mud last night,” said Mizialko.
The meeting allowed public testimony over proposed budget cuts, specifically cuts concerning transportation in the school district.
Four hours into the nine-hour school board meeting, Mizialko, addressed the board, specifically Bonds, who earlier in the meeting made a motion to use money for teachers’ raises and put it toward transportation costs.
Mizialko told him not to pit teachers and families against one another.
That’s when Bonds told Mizialko to “go to hell.”
We asked Bonds why he said that.
“It just came out, you know, because she had yelled at me three times,” said Bonds
Cell phone video of the exchange has been shared hundreds of times on MTEA’s Facebook page, many commenting Bonds should step down from his seat.
Amy Mizialko believes the school board should take swift action against Bonds.
“The members of this union will go to hell and back for our students,” said Mizialko.
We asked Bonds if he thinks he should apologize to Mizialko or if he should face disciplinary action by the board.
“No. If anything I deserve an apology for how she came there and the way she attacked me,” said Bonds.
MPS School Board President, Mark Sain, apologized for the outburst, saying it was “unacceptable to use inappropriate language.”
TODAY'S TMJ4 called Sain to see if Bonds will face disciplinary action, but have not heard back.
MPS spokesperson told us it’s up to the school board to make that decision.