Rodriguez, who served since 2016, has asked for his resignation to be effective immediately.
Rodriguez submitted the following letter to the Board:
“Please let this letter serve as my official resignation from the Lakewood Board of Education effective immediately.
It has been a pleasure working with you and all the other board members, but over the past couple weeks, I have found it difficult to support and now consent to the decision of accepting the $28,000,000 loan from the State. We all know that State is fully aware that we cannot repay this loan. I am a man of integrity and I strongly feel that I am misleading the students, faculty and community in saying, “everything is ok”…. full well knowing, that is not.
With the start of contract negotiations with the union and knowing that our virtuous teachers will probably be let go the following year is ludicrous. I cannot and will not continue to be a part of this.
I understand the board has the best intentions for the students of our district, but unfortunately the State does not!
I do wish you and the Board the best in all your future endeavors.”