Oxford School Board President Resigns – The Oakland Press


The Oxford school board president, who said last spring that an independent review of Michigan’s deadliest school shooting would not be conducted until criminal and civil proceedings are completed, has resigned.

Superintendent Ken Weaver announced Tom Donnelly’s resignation Wednesday in an email to families in the district.

It’s unclear why Donnelly, whose term ended Dec. 31, 2024, resigned.

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, reported that in a statement from Donnelly’s Firmly Rooted Ministries in Oxford, his wife Kimberly said, “After much deliberation and prayer, Pastor Tom has announced his decision to resign from the Community Schools Board of Education. of Oxford, starting today. He and I thank you all so much for the love, support and prayers during some of the most difficult times in our lives. We love and appreciate you all so much. Kimberly (and Tim).

As chairman, Donnelly announced in May that the district was pursuing an independent investigation into the November 2021 mass shooting, reversing previous statements that the district would not pursue an investigation.

“Review of the tragedy and associated events of November 2021 will not take place until the criminal and civil proceedings are completed,” Donnelly said at the time. “All the facts have to come to the surface, then we can do a third-party review.”

The school board declined several offers for a third-party review of the shooting and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s response. Community members called on Donnelly and other council members to resign in the wake of the tragedy.

Donnelly chaired Tuesday’s regular board meeting at Oxford High School, but made no statement about his position or a possible resignation. The school district is holding an election Nov. 8 for three four-year positions beginning Jan. 1. It is unclear when and how Donnelly’s vacancy will be filled.

“We are very grateful to Mr. Donnelly for his years of dedicated service. We will share further information regarding the open school board position as it becomes available,” Weaver said in the email.

The high school was the scene of a mass school shooting on November 30, which killed four high school students and injured seven others. Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; and Justin Shilling, 17, died in the attack.

Jennifer Chambers is a reporter for The Detroit News.


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