If you’re bored with the Board of Education, it wasn’t so boring Monday night. The nine-member body got into quite an exchange over an eventual vote that failed to overturn a $500,000 rental fee charged to the city’s Lighthouse program for after school and summer programs that make use of school buildings. CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck covered the meeting via updates on her Twitter page. Click the link above for video from her Twitter page.
In the video Associate City Attorney Mark Anastasi is escorted from the table by security after he tried to provide Chair Joe Larcheveque procedural advice with member Maria Pereira shouting for Anastasi to “Sit down!” Anastasi often shows up to school board meetings involving sticky issues even though some members such as Pereira declare he has no authority to provide members advice without board invitation.
Long-time Lighthouse Director Tammy Papa says she doesn’t have that kind of money in her budget for what she terms is a 24-year partnership with the school district although technically not an education program, according to board members who levied a rental fee.
The $500,000 rental fee was factored into the current Board of Education budget as well as for the new budget year starting July 1.
For background see here.
The board had previously voted to switch off the Lighthouse Program June 30th if payment was not made. It’s unclear at this point how the Lighthouse Program continues in lieu of coughing up payment.