Odyssey board member resigns with board leader of nearby charter school claiming he is being made scapegoat

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A board member of Odyssey Charter School, Wilmington, has resigned after a controversy over remarks made in regard to a neighboring school.

WDEL reported that Michael Klezaras resigned after the school’s board held a meeting. 

The remarks  led to criticism from the Delaware Secretary of Education, who placed the school under review over questions regarding its governance and ties to a Greek-American association that organized and helped finance the school. 

Board members reportedly joked about erecting a border wall between the Odyssey campus and neighboring Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School, which has a Latino enrollment of nearly  70 percent, according to the WDEL report.

Joseph Walcott, president of Odyssey’s board, reported on social media that he had sought Klezaras’ resignation.

Delaware Public Media reported that Maria Alonso, president of the Academia Antonio Alonso board stated  Klezaras was not treated fairly.

“I received a letter of apology from Michael Klezaras, the board member that has been scapegoated by Odyssey’s leadership and has been asked to resign,” said Alonso. “It is heartbreaking. That man is broken. The actions of the current leadership to scape you, Mr. Klezaras, is unconscionable, unjust, and frankly cowardly.”

Klezaras declined to comment.

(Editor’s note: Michael Klezaras is a contract advertising representative for Delaware Business Now).

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