When Board of Education member Tom Mulligan served on the City Council he once referred to the meetings as the Monday Night Fights. Well the Monday Night Fights have now switched over to the Board of Education. So much for peace and love and diplomacy this holy week. New school board president Ken Moales Jr., a city minister, and Sauda Baraka mixed it up pretty good Monday night as Baraka attempted to admonish Moales for disparaging remarks she claims he made in the past. Here’s some of the blow-by-blow by CT Post reporter Keila Torres Ocasio:
(Baraka) then proceeded to read her motion, containing a list of incidents including one in which Moales is quoted in the meeting’s minutes as having told board member Maria Pereira she was acting like “you’re on Ritalin or you’re special ed.”
Moales refused to listen. “Welcome to the new administration,” he said, loudly speaking over Baraka. “I’d like to make a motion to adjourn. Can I get a second? Welcome to Kenneth Moales Jr.’s administration. The meeting is adjourned, in Jesus’ name have a great night. Welcome to the new revelation.”
With that, all board members and the few staffers and visitors at the meeting gathered their belongings. Only Baraka, Pereira and Kelleher stayed in their seats while she finished reading.
Moales was elected school board president after the cordial Jacqui Kelleher resigned from the post. She remains on the board and is now vice chair, the role Moales had occupied. Moales, in his first meeting as chair, was making a statement he wouldn’t allow members of the Connecticut Working Families Party to hold school board meetings hostage deep into the night which had occurred while Kelleher was chair. Was his response to Baraka a bit excessive? Hey, can we all get along?
Read Keila’s full story here.
Government watchdog Jonathan Pelto shares his view on Moales here.