The Board of Education will conduct a regular meeting tonight (Monday) at 6:30 at Geraldine Johnson School, 475 Lexington Avenue, and one item on the agenda is “Discussion and possible action on removal of mayoral BOE appointee,” a reference to Mayor Joe Ganim’s appointment of Annette Segarra to fill the vacancy of Dave Hennessey.
Citing state statute, Ganim named Segarra, a Republican, to replace Hennessey after the school board could not agree on a replacement in 30 days. Elected as a Democrat in 2013, Hennessey switched his affiliation to Republican prior to his resignation.
The City Charter states that the remaining active school board members will fill a vacancy within the same party affiliation as the resignation, but does not specify a time to fill it. Opponents to Segarra’s appointment, including board member Maria Pereira, are planning a court challenge arguing that since Hennessey was elected as a Democrat his replacement must be from the same affiliation as well as asserting the charter does not specify a time frame for replacement.
The school board is also trying to find a replacement for State Rep. Andre Baker, a Democrat, who resigned last week citing work and family demands.