The use of a fake Facebook profile resulted in Cheryl Hancock’s early retirement from a La Crosse business and resignation from a local school board.
Hours after announcing her retirement a month earlier from the Coulee Recovery Center in La Crosse, Holmen School Board President Hancock resigned from the board in a closed meeting on Monday.
Last week, Hancock revealed she was using a fake Facebook profile. She had commented on various posts, including ones that dealt with the Holmen School Board elections held last month. Hancock was not a candidate for re-election. She was also re-elected school board president by a 4-2 vote, after revealing she was using a fake Facebook profile.
After Monday’s 90-minute closed session, Holmen School District communications specialist Travis Judell released a statement prepared by the school board. Part of this spoke of the ‘board policy on board ethics’ and that board members felt part of that policy had been violated, leading to Hancock’s resignation, which comes after 26 years of service in the district.
The Coulee Recovery Center announced Monday that Rita Von Haden will take over as Hancock’s executive director.
“It will give me time to reflect on my personal well-being and those closest to me,” the statement read in part.
Below is Hancock’s statement regarding his early retirement, which was due to take place on June 30, as well as Holmen School Board’s statement under it.
Here is Hancock’s full statement regarding his early retirement:
“With everything going on around the Holmen School Board, I have made the decision to ask the Coulee Recovery Center Board of Directors to retire earlier than my scheduled date of June 30 and they have agreed.
“It will give me time to reflect on my personal well-being and those closest to me.
“I am so proud of everything we have accomplished at Coulee since I started there in 2015. While many will focus on the successful fundraising campaign to construct this magnificent building and establish a permanent endowment, I am most proud of the team we’ve built there and the countless people we’ve helped.
“Best wishes to Rita Von Haden who has been chosen to succeed me. Rita is an exceptionally talented young woman who is passionate about the work we do at Coulee. She has spent most of her professional career at Coulee and is ready to the next stage of the organization.
“I have nothing but love and admiration for the Coulee team and wish them the best for the future.”
Here is the statement from the Holmen School Board:
Following tonight’s special school council meeting at Holmen School, Cheryl Hancock has resigned from the council with immediate effect.
I wanted to share with you a statement read tonight by the Holmen School Board of Education:
“Concerned citizens of the Holmen School District,
“As members of the Holmen School Board, we are committed to making our school district the best place it can be. We are committed to acting in the best interests of all neighborhood children. While we have faced many challenges over the past few years, our most recent challenge involves our very own School Board Chair, Cheryl Hancock. Ms Hancock admitted to using social media to interact with community members regarding community issues.
“First and foremost, we, the members of the Board of Directors, would like to offer a sincere apology to anyone affected by these social media interactions. Next, we would like to thank the many members of the community who have reached out to us. contacted and shared with us their views on these recent events.Many of you have stated in your letters that our children are watching and that inappropriate actions must have consequences.
“We want to make it clear that this type of behavior has no place in our school board and in our community. When board members are elected, they are required to adhere to a board policy on board ethics. In this policy, it states that “the board and its members will conduct themselves with integrity and according to high ethical principles in order to model expected behaviors of staff and students and to maintain public trust and credibility.” We believe that the intent of this policy has been violated. Therefore, I formally notify the Holmen School District community that effective tonight, Mrs. Hancock has resigned as Board Chair and as a member of the Holmen School Board.
“Tonight the Board of Directors took the first step to rebuilding the trust, integrity, confidence and credibility that you expect from us as leaders in our community. I hope to move forward to both as a community and as a school board, we will work tirelessly to rebuild relationships and bring our community together so that the entire Holmen community can be proud of our public schools.
We want to acknowledge and thank Cheryl Hancock for her service to the District over the past 26 years. Because of his unwavering commitment to the District, we are proud of the many accomplishments under his leadership. »