The profiles in courage award goes to the curious Board of Education member Ken Moales who wants to fill a school board vacancy by private paper ballots. Sanity prevailed in the form of Board of Education chair Sauda Baraka who reminded Moales at a meeting Monday night school board members are part of a public board.
The process to fill the October 15 resignation of John Bagley, city hoop star, is coming down to the wire. The school board has 30 days to fill the vacancy, following his resignation date, from a small pool of candidates who must be registered with Connecticut’s Working Families Party, the victorious line for Bagley when he won a school board seat two years ago. The City Charter provides a vacancy is filled by remaining members of the board for the balance of the term vacated.
The school board will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Aquaculture School presumably to fill the vacancy.
What happens if the school board fails to select a candidate?
“Bridgeport’s city charter gives its school board the authority to select a replacement, and we anticipate that’s exactly what they’ll do,” says city Communications Director Brett Broesder in a statement to OIB.
Okay, but what if?
According to Connecticut General Statutes if the school board does not elect someone to fill the vacancy, Mayor Bill Finch would be authorized to appoint a successor until the next municipal election.
C.G.S. Sec. 7-107. Vacancy appointments by selectmen.
· Except as otherwise provided by law, if any vacancy occurs on any town board or commission, and such board or commission has power by law to fill such vacancy but fails to do so within thirty days after it occurs, the board of selectmen or chief executive authority of such town may appoint a qualified person to fill such vacancy until the next municipal election.
Bagley’s replacement will have immediate influence. The first week of December a school board organizational meeting will take place to select a chair. Does Baraka have the votes or will it be someone new? Then in January it’s expected Andre Baker will resign his school board seat following his November election to the State House.
CT Post scribe Linda Conner Lambeck provides an update.