Avon School Board member Kim Woodward must apologize for taking political signs

Woodward admitted taking signs on Facebook

AVON, Ind. - An Avon School Board member must apologize after she admitted on Facebook to taking opposing political signs.

Kim Woodward has reached a pre-trial diversion agreement with the Hendricks County prosecutor, months after she was charged with misdemeanor criminal conversion.

The signs, created by Avon taxpayer Mike McGuire on placed on the private property, slammed Woodward and another incumbent for employing what McGuire called a "spouse abuser" at an Avon schoo l.

In October, Woodward posted about taking the signs on her re-election Facebook page , which has now been deleted.

"So, I have taken the signs down and I have put them in Mr. McGuire's yard," read Woodward's post. "And just so that I won't be accused of stealing and in case the wind should blow, I've weighed them down with a rock. It will serve to remind me that there are some things much more important than an election. It will also remind me that Jesus asked us all to lay the rock down."

Louis Birmelin, who filed a complaint with police about the missing sign, originally called for Woodward's resignation and for a public apology.

"She's setting a horrible example for teachers and students in the school," Birmelin said. "She shouldn't be on the school board, period."

According to the pre-trial diversion agreement obtained by Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney, Woodward must submit a written apology to the victim and refrain from harassing, intimidating or threatening the victim.

She must also pay $220 in court costs and fees, can't commit a criminal offense, must continue working at "suitable employment" and must promptly respond to communications from the prosecutor's office.

Woodward was re-elected in November as an at-large school board member in Avon.

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