Potential full house for KHSD board meeting

Posted at 11:22 PM, Jun 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 02:22:32-04

Since the moment the vote went in favor of the Kern High School District adopting the policies for transgender students to use the restroom of their choice, both sides have spoken up about what they believe is right.

Leading us to tomorrow night's district board meeting where both sides have said they will be well represented.

First the board favored the policy in a close three to two vote, then Chad Vegas officially announced he will not re-run for his seat on the board.

But tonight protestors and supporters of the vote claim will attend the meeting to voice their opinion.

“We're not going to have any shortage of opinions, that's for sure. There's going to be a lot of passions, you know a lot of declarations of faith and you know identity politics,” said Nick Miranda a strong supporter of the new policy.

“I'm interested to see whether our community is as conservative as I think they are. If they're a community that really believes we need to protect our children from the insanity that's coming down from the state,” said board member Chad Vegas.

But growing up in Bakersfield Miranda says he kind of expected this backlash to happen after hearing the results of the vote.

“This community, Bakersfield in general, has gotten away with that type of behavior for quite some time. You know it's in our local politics, it's in our public schools,” said Miranda.

While Vegas still doesn't understand why district policies needed to change, if no problems had ever been reported.

“I'm not worried about the very few number of transgender students. If we were already accommodating these students, we did not need any new laws or policies that then open us up to a host of other problems,” said Vegas.

Leading Miranda to say the separation of church and state has been an ongoing problem.

“This sort of vocalization of 'hey you can't do this' is now being interpreted as an agenda. You know it's some sort of liberal or transgender agenda. Well no, this is a secular society and you've crossed this line,” said Miranda.

But Miranda said the most important of this is -- this decision will not make a difference if equality across the board is not achieved.

“I don't think it's going to change the culture necessarily, but I think it's a small victory going towards a more secular society with equality on both sides,” said Miranda.

The open session part of tomorrow night’s meeting is set to begin at 7 p-m, with a full agenda including this highly debated topic.