Martinez School Board members have funding sufficient to provide air conditioning to only one school, but two of the schools in the district–Las Juntas Elementary and John Swett Elementary–are currently without it. Board member Denise Elsken piped up with her thoughts on the matter, only to leave some jaws dropped:
I would say 95% of the students at Las Juntas do not have air conditioning in their homes. So, whether that means those students are more acclimated and can handle a little bit more heat than the John Swett students, which I would say 95% of their residents have air conditioning in their homes.
As you can imagine some parents were outraged. One parent took to the internet saying, “A large percentage of Las Juntas kids also qualify for subsidized lunches. Since they are apparently accustomed to having less food at home as well, following Ms. Elsken’s logic, we might as well save some more money by not feeding them.”
Elsken feels that although her comments were caught on video and audio, in front of a large group of people that likely voted her into her position, that they were taken out of context.
Watch the report from ABC7 below, and decide for yourself.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video above.