Keller ISD Place 3 trustee Sandi Walker announced in a Feb. 18 post on Facebook that she will resign from the Keller ISD board. Her resignation comes on the heels of an interview she conducted with an evangelical film crew from the Netherlands at Central High School in Keller while school was in session and several students were filmed.

The details

Walker’s announcement, which was posted on a recently deleted Facebook account, stated, “After spending time in prayer, conversations with family and close friends, I have made the decision to resign from my position as a school board trustee.”

In the post, Walker said she was proud of the work the board had accomplished during her 20-month tenure.

“My faith is in Jesus, and I can rest in the confidence that His plans are good,” Walker stated in the post.

A closer look

A Feb. 19 statement from KISD states the district has been notified of Walker’s resignation from the board of trustees, and district leadership shares parents’ concerns about this situation.

“The district’s legal representation is involved and has directed the film crew to destroy all footage it collected or return it to Keller ISD,” the statement read. “The district will continue to pursue legal channels to ensure the footage of our students and staff will not be used in this production, and we will continue to have discussions about how we can assure that something like this does not occur in the future.”

In a letter to Central High School families, Superintendent Tracy Johnson stated the film crew was filming at Central High School on Feb. 9 to film an interview with Walker. Walker was later joined by Place 1 trustee Micah Young. Johnson also said the district and the board were not aware of the scheduled interview.

“We understand that while there, the film crew toured the school with trustee Walker and talked to some CHS students and employees,” Johnson said in the letter. “Please know that the district has a process in place to prevent situations such as this. Student safety is our top priority, and we are taking this matter very seriously.”

What they’re saying

In a Feb. 16 post on his Facebook page, Young stated he “briefly assisted my colleague in an interview about Texas public schools.”

He added that while he was there he “did not observe any students being interviewed. I regret if any students were captured on film. My understanding is the district has been assured by the crew that no student will appear in the footage.”

An administrator for the Facebook group Keller ISD Parents and Community posted the following on Feb. 18:

“Using our public schools to push any political or religious beliefs is inappropriate. Public school boards are nonpartisan. Do what you want on your own time, but stop using your trustee titles and privileges to platform your politics and religious beliefs.”