The Omaha Nation Public School board continues to face backlash from concerned parents and community members Monday after one of their contracted employees was arrested for possessing firearms on school grounds.
Gregory Schoenfelder, 66, the head of maintenance at the school, is being held on a $100,000 bond in Thurston County Jail while he faces four charges involving firearms. Schoenfelder is a convicted felon.
During a public school board meeting Monday morning, KCAU was initially denied access to the meeting but was later allowed entry without a camera.
More than 20 community members questioned school board members about Schoenfelder’s past during the meeting, asking why he was hired to work at the school. They did not respond to the questions.
However, in a statement sent to KCAU later in the day, the school board said Schoenfleder was a contracted worker and did not have to undergo a background check before being hired. That’s something some parents say has to change.
“I was very dissatisfied. Just the fact that I asked if the school was safe, deemed safe and what measures were taken? They wouldn’t even answer,” Ariane Marr, a concerned parent, said.
Schoenfelder is no longer contracted by the school.
The Omaha Nation school board’s president says the board intends to review its background check process, policies, and practices.
Read the school board’s full statement below: