Beware of the Open Mic! Clovis School Board Member Calls Councilman ‘Obnoxious’

An open mic and elected officials are never a good mix.

Ask George W. Bush. Or Clint Olivier.

Now, some Clovis Unified school board members can join the list of saying things not meant to be heard, but picked up when the microphone remained hot.

The latest case happened at last week’s school board meeting, when the board voted, 7-0, to reject a charter school application of the One & Only Academy. A group of local Sikh-Americans hoped to start the school, in part to avoid bullying from traditional public schools.

The decision was not popular among most in the audience. Clovis City Councilman Vong Mouanoutoua was among those who spoke in favor of the school.

After the vote, the board waited a few minutes before hearing the next item. The video and audio recorded by the district picked up conversations on the board, including an exchange between board members Sandra Budd and Jim Van Volkinburg and Superintendent Eimear O’Farrell.

Budd said that she found Mouanoutoua’s presentation “obnoxious.”

Mouanoutoua, who joined the city council in March of last year after 10 years on the planning commission, said that he was not upset by the comments.

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