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Craig County School Board member resigns over no mask requirement vote

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CRAIG COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — During a meeting of the Craig County School Board, board member Susan Crenshaw resigned after a dispute over students wearing masks in public schools.

At the end of the board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10, Crenshaw says her resignation was solely based on the board’s decision from the day before to not follow the mask mandates, and social distancing policies required by Chapter 456 of the Acts of Assembly.

“Partisan politics have no place in public education and any monies that must be spent to defend this board’s decision will have to come from the sparse coffers that fund our public schools,” said Crenshaw.

She says the board consulted with legal counsel, but still decided to go against the CDC’s recommendation.

“I took an oath to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Crenshaw. “It is my opinion that, in making this decision as a board, we have put our school leadership and all employees in an untenable position against the advice of our legal counsel and insurance provider to disobey Virginia law at the expense of the children in Craig County.”

After Crenshaw’s resignation, the board meeting went silent. Before she departed the building, she thanked the board for allowing her to serve the Craig County community. She represented the Craig Creek District.

WFXR News’ Kelsey Jean-Baptiste was the only reporter at Tuesday’s meeting, after which she asked Crenshaw for an interview, but Crenshaw denied, saying that she needed time to recover from the decisions the board has made. However, Crenshaw did say her resignation was hard, because she had a year and a half left in her position. She says she gave her all to the Craig County School District.

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