UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. – School board members in Noble made their decision regarding the superintendent’s employment Tuesday night.
In a 3-1 vote, board members decided Ronda Bass could keep her job as superintendent.
However, the board plans to develop a professional development plan for the superintendent. The plan will be discussed in executive session and possibly be acted upon at the next scheduled meeting.
NOBLE, Okla. – School board members in Noble have called for a special meeting following a controversial dress code assembly led by the district’s superintendent.
The only thing on the meeting’s agenda is a discussion of Ronda Bass’ employment as superintendent.
— Paige Hill (@PaigeinTN) September 2, 2014
A group of high school girls went home crying and humiliated after they say they were called out in front of the entire school for what they were wearing.
On the first day of school, a ‘girls only’ dress code assembly was called by Noble’s superintendent Ronda Bass.
Students say Bass started the assembly by asking them if they thought there were any “skanks” in the room.
They say she used profanity and called them other inappropriate names.
The next day, the girls allege Bass did a dress code check at the high school, asking girls to bend over to determine if their outfit was too short.
Their parents were furious.
Demanding Bass step down, those parents got together and hired Angie Dean. She’s an attorney and former educator.
Dean says, “I can speak as a parent myself. I have two teenage daughters and I know how very fragile their self-esteem is.”
She says her clients are worried Bass’ behavior has left permanent damage.
“She made every girl in the classroom stand up and she went row by row inspecting their dress while the boys just sat and watched,” says Dean.
Immediately after the assembly, an online petition at change.org has garnered over 750 signatures and is full of comments calling Bass’ behavior bullying and sexual harassment.
Dean says the superintendent’s behavior violated multiple district policies, one being the dress code.
“The dress code policy specifically states inappropriately dressed students will be called in the officer, their parents contacted,” says Dean. “That’s not how this was handled at all.”
Bass has since defended her way of doing things saying she was trying to protect the girls from the names she thinks others are calling them based on the way they dress.
“The thing that we have to remember is each one of these students has an individual story,” says Dean. “We don’t know how this is going to affect each one of them.”
The school board is expected to make a decision regarding Bass’ employment as the school district’s superintendent Tuesday night.