Newberg staffer writes op-ed ahead of recall election

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Gregg Koskela says he wrote the post as a private citizen

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NEWBERG, Ore. (KOIN) – A spokesperson for the Newberg School District published an op-ed as a private citizen before a high-profile recall school board election.

Gregg Koskela, Communications Coordinator and District Bond Manager, posted on Twitter that he had written a long article of his personal opinions on the last years of the Newberg school board.

The piece was released earlier this month on its website and specifically names Newberg Board Chairman Dave Brown and Vice Chairman Brian Shannon, both of whom are to be recalled. The recall election is set for Tuesday, January 18.

“President Brown and Vice President Shannon knowingly violated open meeting laws on multiple occasions and withheld actions from the public,” Koskela said in her blog post. “Public transparency has been destroyed.”

He added, “Time and time again, the actions of President Brown and Vice President Shannon have not matched their words. The recalls are not about politics, but about ineffective leadership, illegal and unethical behavior, and harmful actions done in secret.

The opinion piece discusses issues that have occurred in the school district, such as the school board’s ban on all political signage, including Black Lives Matter signs or any use of the Pride flag. Koskela also mentions the firing of the former Newberg School District superintendent.

The recall effort took off once the school board voted 4-3 to fire Morelock without cause. Morelock was under contract until June 30, 2024.

Brown – who initiated Morelock’s dismissal motion – and Shannon were elected to the 7-member council in 2019.

KOIN 6 News contacted Koskela for comment, he declined to comment officially.

Regarding the recall election, Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen told KOIN 6 News that updated vote totals will be posted to their website approximately every 2 hours beginning at 8 p.m. hours Tuesday.

KOIN 6 News will have continued coverage of the recall election.

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