Streamline meandering meetings or silence the indomitable roar of Maria Pereira? Whatever the case the Board of Education Wednesday night voted to overhaul its bylaws at a special meeting. The action starts at the 11-minute mark of the video.
CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck was on the scene:
The 6-to-3 majority also voted to suspend rules so the changes will take effect immediately. Normally, policy changes sit a month before being adopted.
Board Chairman John Weldon said his aim was to streamline future board meetings and strip the bylaw of rules he said lead to micromanagement and five-hour-long meetings where little gets accomplished.
… “The super majority (is) clearly frightened by minority voices on the board,” Pereira said. “Your inability to tolerate different points of view is self-evident in this attempted coup prepared in secrecy.”
… The new document gives the chair control over what is placed on the agenda, requires board members to get the superintendent’s permission to visit schools or talk to staff, and allows the board chair to consult with the board attorney without board approval. It now takes four board members to call a special meeting instead of three and allows the adoption of new bylaws by a simple majority rather than a two-thirds vote.
Full story here.
Pereira has set up a fundraising page. “Your donation will be utilized to hire a reputable and experienced attorney to file a lawsuit against these six members of the Bridgeport Board of Education to overturn these illegally crafted and approved Bylaws.”