Democratic Board of Education member Maria Pereira is taking issue with the replacement process following the resignation of board member Dave Hennessey, elected as a Democrat in 2013 but switching his party affiliation to Republican early this year. A Board of Education vacancy posting declares the replacement should come from a registered Republican, per the Bridgeport City Charter.
It raises the question, must the replacement come from the political party from which the candidate was elected, or the affiliation at the time of resignation?
In a letter to Superintendent of Schools Fran Rabinowitz and school board chair Dennis Bradley, a candidate for state senate, Pereira, also a candidate for the state legislature, writes:
I am requesting an immediate copy of any legal opinion which states the vacancy must be filled by a Republican.
The BOE never discussed and voted on a “process” or set a “calendar” to fill the vacancy, therefore this entire process is illegal and unlawful. We are now an eight member board in which we do not have a Queen or King presiding. The eight member sets the process and dates together. I will be filing an injunction in court.
Please send me the requested information immediately.
And you have the nerve to send us this information at 9:55 PM on a the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend.
This is deja vu of notice of the illegal takeover of the BOE on the Friday evening of the Fourth of July weekend. I remember how much the judge loved that.
What follows is the Board of Education Vacancy Posting
Any individual interested in the recently vacated seat on the Bridgeport Board of Education must submit a letter of interest and resume to:
The Office of the Superintendent
45 Lyon Terrace, Room 203
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Attention: Dawn Cole,
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Or email: email@example.com
If emailing, please call (203) 275-1001 to confirm receipt of resume.
The term of Open Seat will be from appointment/swearing-in through November 2017.
Deadline: Interest packets must be submitted by Monday, June 06, 2016 – 12:00 noon
Interviews will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016, beginning at 5:00 pm at Geraldine Johnson School, 475 Lexington Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
middot; Resident of the City of Bridgeport
middot; Elector (Registered Voter of the Republican Party) *
middot; Advocate for the Bridgeport Public Schools
middot; Regularly attend evening Board of Education Meetings (Regular, Special, Emergency, and Committee) scheduled throughout the year
middot; Remain current on issues and policy changes being considered
middot; Read documents sent in paper form and electronically
middot; Actively participate in Board deliberations and votes
middot; Commitment of a minimum of ten to fifteen hours a week on board related duties
middot; Review Board Policy on Code of Ethics 9271
ALL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE INTERVIEWED IN PUBLIC BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. SHOULD THE CANDIDATE WISH TO BE INTERVIEWED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION, THIS REQUEST MUST BE MADE AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR INTERVIEW.
*Charter of the City of Bridgeport Chapter Fifteen, Section 1(d) & CGS 9-167a (d)