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Entries Tagged as 'David Hennessey'

2017 Key Year For City Council, School Board And Ganim

December 28th, 2016 · 63 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

Who says the off-cycle 2017 election season will be a yawner? We posed this question four years ago–the last municipal off-season campaign year–and it was a screamer. All endorsed Democrats for City Council and Board of Education were flamed in primaries, part of it electors’ disgust for the political establishment. What’s on tap come new […]

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For Ganim, Education Means Appointing School Board Members

November 30th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

Education: Ganim’s first year back. On the 2015 campaign trail Joe Ganim uttered the usual stuff about education: fully fund schools, create a 21st century climate, modernize the infrastructure, yadda, yadda, yadda. What he did not expect, however, was appointing one-third of the nine-member Board of Education the second half of his first year back […]

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Wanted: Interim School Chief

November 14th, 2016 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

The Board of Education is scheduled to conduct a special meeting Tuesday at 5:30 to discuss “filling interim superintendent vacancy” of Fran Rabinowitz who announced she’s leaving at the end of the year following a clash with school board member Maria Pereira. The board has assembled selectively in special meetings called by Chair Dennis Bradley […]

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Will Ganim Name Another School Board Member?

October 27th, 2016 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Armed with a court ruling that he can appoint school board members to fill vacancies if the Board of Education does not act within 30 days, Mayor Joe Ganim may once again take executive action with the one-month resignation of Republican Kevin McSpirit on the horizon next week. If that happens Ganim will have appointed […]

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Judge Upholds Ganim’s Authority To Fill School Board Vacancies

October 25th, 2016 · 32 Comments · Education, News and Events

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis on Monday ruled in favor of the defendants upholding Mayor Joe Ganim’s authority to fill Board of Education vacancies. The two school board members in question Annette Segarra-Negron and Rafael Fonseca, represented by the mayor’s brother attorney Paul Ganim who also is the city’s judge of probate, were sitting in […]

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Judge Bellis Weighs Education Battle

October 24th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis is expected to conduct a hearing Monday afternoon (today) in response to Board of Education member Maria Pereira’s complaint to vacate what she calls illegal appointments by Mayor Joe Ganim to fill school board vacancies.

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Court Battle For School Board Control Resumes Monday

October 19th, 2016 · 16 Comments · Education, News and Events

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis who has issued several key decisions impacting city government and politics in recent years has set a hearing for Monday afternoon to consider school board member Maria Pereira’s complaint challenging Mayor Joe Ganim’s authority to fill two recent Board of Education vacancies.

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School Board Boycott Ends (For Now) ‘One Day At A Time’

October 5th, 2016 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Toot the trumpets. Sound the sirens. Bang the bells. The Board of Education conducted a meeting with a quorum Tuesday, albeit a special meeting, to approve a class trip to Brazil for seniors at the Fairchild Wheeler Magnet School, weeks after four school board members vowed a boycott until irrepressible board member Maria Pereira resigns. […]

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