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Lawmaker resigned from legislature amid controversy; school board will vote at next meeting.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Reynolds School Board plans to vote on asking Diego Hernandez to resign from the board after he quit he Oregon House of Representatives after a report said he created a hostile work environment in Salem for women.

The Reynolds School Board Wednesday night, Feb. 24, decided to put a resolution on the agenda for its March meeting calling for the resignation of board member Diego Hernandez, who quit the Oregon Legislature under a cloud.

Valerie Tewksbury, chair of the Reynolds school board, brought up the possibility of a resolution, acknowledging that the topic was uncomfortable for the group.

"This is a very challenging conversation to bring up," agreed Yesenia Delgado, vice chair of the board.

Hernandez, 33, a Democrat representing East Portland in the Oregon House of Representatives, resigned from the legislature Feb. 21.

His resignation, effective March 15, followed an investigation and report that found he created a hostile workplace for women in the Salem Capitol.

Hernandez did not respond to attempts to reach him for this story.

Hernandez and Joe Teeny did not attend the virtual board meeting Feb. 24. But the other five board members agreed that a resolution should be presented.

The resolution being placed on the agenda does not mean the group will ask for Hernandez' resignation, only that they will discuss and vote on it.

The directors said they had received comments from the community about Hernandez's position on the board.

"I think we have heard from the community from multiple different avenues," Delgado said.

Delgado also said that "none of the allegations or investigations had anything to do with our school district."

Board member John Lindenthal said, "I too support bringing a resolution forward so we can have a discussion and take whatever action we deem appropriate."

Tewksbury said that legally, there are no grounds to remove Hernandez because he has not resigned, been recalled or neglected his duties on the board.

"This isn't a yes or no on the resolution, just whether we should put this on the agenda," Tewksbury said during the Feb. 24 discussion.

Tewksbury said the resolution would likely go on the agenda for the board's next work session meeting, which is will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.

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