Report: Fairborn school board member resigns

Report: Fairborn school board member resigns
Fairborn High School

FAIRBORN — A Fairborn school board member has resigned as an investigation continues into comments said to have been posted to social media by her husband, a Fairborn High School teacher and assistant football coach.

The school board on Tuesday night accepted the resignation of Barbara Blandino, effective Sept. 14.

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As of Sept. 16 her husband, Mike Blandino, is still employed by Fairborn City Schools.

Gene Lolli, Superintendent of Fairborn City Schools declined to comment on the developing story.

Mike has been under investigation by Fairborn City Schools since June stemming from the comments posted to social media this year.

The Dayton Daily News is reporting that he is on administrative leave because he reportedly responded to a Twitter post stating that President Donald Trump “called Black people ‘thugs’” by tweeting back, “Just because he speaks the truth you all can’t stand it. Take your blinders off.”

He also reportedly tweeted from the Fairborn High School yearbook club’s Twitter account about former President Barack Obama, the Daily News reports.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, the board has 30 days from the date of the vacancy to fill that seat, the Daily Herald reports. Because of amended rules necessitated by COVID-19, the board is allowed 60 days to replace Blandino.

Tuesday night, WHIO reached out to the now former school board member, school board President Pat McCoart and high school Principal Brian McKnight for comment, but have not heard back. WHIO will update this developing report as we learn more.