Teachers Call For Johnson To Resign From HR School Board

A number of Hood River County School District teachers called on district board chair Mark Johnson to resign from that position in the wake of Johnson being fired as the chief executive of Oregon Business and Industry as The Oregonian/Oregon Live published stories accusing him of using racially charged language about a Latino lawmaker and chaos within OBI.  Johnson was not at the regularly scheduled board meeting that took place Wednesday evening just a few hours after the stories came out, and District Superintendent Dan Goldman said neither he nor district board members have had the opportunity to speak with Johnson as of Thursday morning.  Johnson served as the 52nd District Representative in the Oregon House before resigning to become OBI’s CEO last fall.  The Oregonian/Oregon Live posted a story Wednesday morning in which a staffer accused Johnson of using racially charged language to denigrate State Representative Diego Hernandez of Portland, and accused Johnson of mismanagement of OBI.  Two hours later, the OBI executive committee voted to remove Johnson from his position.  The Oregonian/Oregon Live says Johnson issued a statement while vacationing in Hawaii apologizing “for any insensitive comments I may have made.”