Good grief, yet another special meeting of the Board of Education will take place Wednesday (today) 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room 305 of City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace to discuss “Completion of Superintendent’s Presentation/Q&A.” Translation: more conversation about extending Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas’ contract. And then yet another special meeting will take place March 4, 6:30 p.m., same location for “BOE Discussion of Evaluation Findings.” Yes, more discussion about extending his contract. Talk about a rowboat against the tide. By the time they get around to a deal it may be the end of the school year.
Vallas has stated he’s willing to stay on another school year. Like-minded Democratic school board members holding a 5-4 majority over three members of Connecticut’s Working Families Party–Maria Pereira, Sauda Baraka, John Bagley joined by renegade Democrat Bobby Simmons–sound like they want to get a deal done in the face of the opposition doing their mighty best to frustrate the process.
It’s a lot easier to plan a school year, execute policy, oversee new school construction projects, negotiate union contracts if the super’s locked in for another year. But we are talking about the genial confines of the Board of Education. Stay tuned.