But Board President Tom Rulseh said the board didn't know the governor's visit would lead to a campaign ad.
"That was our understanding, that he was coming here and going to look at the fab lab and learn a little more about it. But we didn't know anything about anything related to a campaign ad," said Rulseh.
The board read and approved a policy Thursday night saying that employees and the board will not engage in political activity or show any political preference on work time.
But many people in the crowd said the new policy just reiterates something that was already expected of public employees.
"Every teacher knows that in a classroom they cannot give any of their political persuasion to their students," said Lynn Zibell from Three Lakes.
"Public facilities should not be used in any kind of election campaign," said Theresa Griffin-Ray from Three Lakes.
Despite Rulseh's claims, some people weren't so sure the board didn't know the governor's intent.
"It could have been a very willful action designed to please political interests," said Zibell.
Public Comment was not allowed at the meeting and there wasn't a clear next step presented Thursday night. But moving forward Rulseh wants to be more transparent with the public.
"I did hear from several people who had questions that I think deserve answers," said Rulseh.
People we spoke to at the meeting said they want to see consequences for the superintendent and to open a discuss with the school board about the topic.