Top Lakota, Ohio, School Official Treva Whitlock, Secretary Linda Alfrey Resign Over Racists Comments

I can only relay this in its entirety from This is utterly ridiculous and shows a pattern of racist behavior. Michael D. Clark of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote this story. You be the judge……

LIBERTY TWP. – The Lakota school board accepted the resignation of a top official and her secretary Monday after complaints from co-workers that they made racial remarks about African-American employees.
Treva Whitlock, nutrition director for Lakota schools, had been suspended with pay since March 25. She negotiated a separation agreement with the district as part of her resignation. Whitlock, who is white, was cited by a number of employees in the Lakota nutrition department’s office for deriding black central office officials and Lakota’s diversity efforts, according to documents provided by Lakota officials after the board vote.

In a March 10 written statement to central office officials, Jonnica Johnson quoted Whitlock as saying, “Hey you guys, we need to be more diverse. I am going to bring in some shoe polish and paint (two white employees’) face(s).”

The board also approved a separation agreement and the resignation of Whitlock’s secretary, Linda Alfrey, who also is white. Alfrey was cited by another central office employee – Rick Tate – in a written statement on March 12 as having said about African-American Georgetta Kelly, Lakota’s director of human resources, “You know George is here only because of the NAACP.”

Both Whitlock and Alfrey were cited as referring to another black central office employee – Rhonda White – as “Rhonda White who isn’t.”

The drama continues….
This is the latest in a series of racial incidents in Lakota schools. In March, a social studies teacher at Ridge Junior School was suspended for sending two African-American students into a separate room from their classmates for a test.
In December, the district drew national attention for racial issues raised by a high school play. Lakota officials first shut down the play “And Then There Were None” in the wake of accusations that the play had racist origins, only to reverse themselves and allow it to be performed.

In August, a music teacher at Endeavor Elementary was accused of making racial comments to students.

Last year saw the principal of Independence Elementary publicly admit he had been too lenient in punishing white students who discriminated against a black student.

When told Monday evening of the reasons behind Whitlock and Alfrey’s resignations, Gary Hines, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, said, “I’m shocked but not surprised.” Hines has maintained for years that Lakota schools are racially insensitive and that top district officials are content to “sweep the problems under the rug.” “Here we go again. There is a systemic problem here and the schools should have a zero tolerance about this,” he said.

Whitlock’s annual evaluations showed no complaints of racial insensitivity. But Whitlock’s supervisors had cited the director’s need to improve “interpersonal relations and development of insight into people and being more tactful in dealing with others.” Alfrey’s suspension letter also cited “conduct in the work place.”

Background on Treva Whitlock….

Whitlock oversaw nutrition programs largely funded by the federal government. Lakota, which is the seventh-largest district in Ohio, with 18,500 students, provides lunches for more than 14,000 students each school day. Whitlock was a board member of the American School Food Service Association and a former president of the national school nutrition group. In 1998, she was nominated for Ohio Food Service Director of the Year, and she was widely recognized in the field for developing the “food court” concept for school cafeterias.
  • : JustaDog

    When I was in high school in Illinois I had a number of black friends. We’d joke around and call each other names – they’d call me honkie and I’d call them nigger, and we all knew we were all just joking around. There was never any though of “racism” or racial hate – we enjoyed some tight friendships that went even into the military.

    I don’t know enough about this person to know if she thought they were all just one happy workplace and she was just joking around. Unfortunately in this increasing racial climate (thanks Rev. Wright) people must be more careful because even if several are just joking there might be someone that overhears and brings up claims of racism and threats of lawsuits.

    I miss my black friends – we lost touch over the years, just like I’ve lost touch with white friends too.

  • Janet Shan

    From what I have read, I believe this was past the one, big happy family notion. Even so, one has to aware of one’s position. I had a boss who used to call a co-worker Kunte Kinte and it made my temper boil because what happened to Kunte Kinte was not the least bit funny. It got back to the company president and the behavior stopped. It is hard to look a manager or an executive in the face as a professional after such naming-calling and questionable behavior. As friends people can do and say whatever they want, but if you are in an office environment, that is a whole other ball game. I think you will ruffle some feathers, Justadog! This mess started before Rev. Wright and it certainly won’t end with anything he has said. The same is true on both sides. As always, thanks for the comments.

  • : JustaDog

    Office environment… Ok, I agree. There is a time and place for everything:

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

    A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

    A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

    A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

  • Anonymous

    I know this person and her reputation very well and you are only hearing what the media wants you to hear to seem scandalous.

    Lies were told about these two employees b/c others in the school office has ulterior motives. Race just helped them make a case against two people they did not want around.
    Convenient, huh? It is scary that people can lose respect and their careers when other blow the race whistle w/o substantiation.

    They did not resign b/c of the charges– they resigned so they would not be fired and lose earned benefits— were we told that? Were we told that the claims against them were not admitted to or substantiated??
    How do we pass judgement with so little information?

  • Janet Shan

    Hey listen, if I was accused of something I didn’t do, I would not resign. They would have to fire me and then I would file a lawsuit for wrongful termination. This story is ridiculous and if these people were so stupid to say all these things in an office environment, they deserve to be fired. As I said, on its face, it seems racist and utterly ridiculous, but I put the entire news article there for people to make up their own minds.

  • Anonymous

    I too know this person and her secretary very well. Jealousy is the root of all evil.Those who were out to get her, will no doubt one day “reap what they sowed” It is amazing to me that the media only wants you to hear the ugly side. One only needs to speak with her fellow directors and nutrition associates to know how dedicated she is. She is to be commended for all of the great things she has done for Child Nutrition and SNA. Countless hours of coming in at 6 in the morning and staying well beyond 6 at night.Treva has pioneered many concepts, all the while being driven to succeed and make her program one of the best in the country.Those who know her, know her to be strong yet fair. To take a program that was literally in the RED, and make foodservice what it is today it to be commended.

    “Judge not lest thee be judged.”

  • Anonymous

    I too know these 2 woman who the previous blogger would like you to think they were the best woman to walk through that school. What you aren’t seeing in the press is the whole truth. These 2 woman RESIGNED. If they were so wronged by the office staff, why didn’t their lawyer hang in there and fight for them? Because he obviously knew they were guilty of much more.
    If only the media would have looked back at where Treva came from and the reaction of her departure. Did they tell you the people who worked for her lined the streets cheering her leaving?Has any press talked to former employees who gave up many years because they just couldn’t stand another year of her abuse? Do we know the antics that these 2 woman pulled off in the years of employement? No….but those who worked for them know the truth….which would really hurt if it came out.
    As for the coming in early and staying late, that is funny. If people knew it was to gossip and compalin about everyone who worked for her she wouldn’t get such praise. It’s not like she was working when she was coming early and staying late.
    Every revue she had gotten had high marks except where it was in reference to employee relations, she couldn’t care less about her employees, except the one who RESIGNED with her.
    The old saying “you reap what you sow” happened to these ladies.