A divided Board of Education met Wednesday night in a special meeting to discuss the search for a permanent school chief. Cerebral board member Howard Gardner expressed his concern with the leadership of chair Dennis Bradley. “Mr. Chair, just before we begin the business of the meeting, I just want to air my great disappointment with what’s been going with the board–half of the board–with your leadership. I must say that your behavior (and that of the other boycotting members) has tarnished the reputation of this board more than anything that (Maria Pereira) had said or done.”
Bradley and two other board members had called for a boycott of board meetings until Pereira resigns. But in the last week they reversed themselves in favor of attending selective special meetings. Interim school chief Fran Rabinowitz is calling it quits at the end of the year because she cannot deal with Pereira. CT Post reporter Cedar Attanasio has more.
A fractured Board of Education met Wednesday, and its members spoke without yelling and even agreed on some practical matters related to governance of the school system.
That relative harmony might have surprised some, given that the board has been divided into two camps over the past few months, with meetings degenerating into shouting matches, a boycott, and even–according to some–borderline trespassing.
The special board meeting Wednesday included just two agenda items, which had been agreed upon ahead of time: scheduling the ongoing superintendent search and a report regarding the impact of changes in summer school fees and scheduling.
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