Several Lynwood community activists are spearheading an attempt to recall Lynwood schools trustee Willard Hawn Reed for what they say was his part in the resignation of former Supt. Charlie Mae Knight.
Two proponents of the recall attempt, Lee Sampson and the Rev. Charles Floyd, said they are mobilizing teams to collect signatures. Sampson, a candidate in the Nov. 4 City Council election, said Reed was the key person behind Knight's July 31 resignation. The petition alleges that Reed became a candidate in the March school board election for the "sole purpose (of defaming Knight's) character in order to have cause to remove her from the position of superintendent."
The petition, approved for circulation Sept. 4 by the county registrar's office, also says Reed "has no regard for students or the community of Lynwood," and that he has conspired with other board members to "destroy both the credibility and educational environment of the school district," Sampson said.
Reed said in an interview Tuesday that the charges in the recall petition are "totally false. I campaigned for the Lynwood board of education to work for the improvement of education in all the Lynwood schools." He added that he did not defame or make any derogatory remarks toward Knight.