Board of Education Chairman John Weldon, citing insufficient business, has cancelled Monday’s final regular meeting of the year, with a new school board to be seated in December, drawing a rebuke from outgoing member Maria Pereira who is joining the City Council.
Statement from Weldon:
There wasn’t sufficient business to warrant having a full regular board meeting on Monday, in addition to it being the beginning of Thanksgiving week where people may have plans to travel. The only critical business item we have to address in the near term is an adoption of the Calendar Year 2020 Meeting Schedule, which I think is more appropriate for the new Board to take up at the Organizational Meeting on December 9th, so it will be placed on that meeting’s agenda.
Prior to Weldon issuing a statement requested by OIB, Pereira sent this email to Weldon, other board members and school leadership:
What is the basis for the cancellation of the last regular meeting of this current Board?
You also cancelled the November 12, 2019 Regular Meeting.
Even under your illegal bylaws a Regular Meeting may only be cancelled due to lack of a quorum, weather related matters or an emergency situation.
Exactly what is it you think you are doing?
The Dec. 9 organizational meeting will be chaired by Mayor Joe Ganim to select board officers. Two new elected members will be present: Democrats Bobbi Brown and Albert Benejan. They will join Weldon, Chris Taylor, Joseph Lombard, Joe Sokolovic, Jessica Martinez, Sybil Allen and Hernan Illingworth. Incumbents Allen and Lombard won four-year terms in the recent general election.
There is dissension in the ranks over selection of a chair, a position Weldon has occupied for two years. Be it Weldon or someone else, five votes are required to select a chair.