Didn’t take long!

I have a question for those who have lost a contest, and particularly those who have been involved with Delaware school boards. How am I suppose to react and feel when I go to an executive board workshop, and the two newest elected have been asked to sit in by the president? Now neither has been officially recognized by the state with a certificate, and neither has been sworn it to their position. Yet the president called the district’s lawyer who said they were OK to be in this meeting where we were discussing personnel issues.

  When I joined the board 10 years ago I was not aloud to attend these executives until after the July 9th swearing in and re-organization meeting. I guess it all depends on the importance of the discussions to certain groups as to whether we push the envelope and rules. In the end the two left less then happy, with the president berating some of us for questioning the decision, and the feelings I left with that evening were that the time had truly come for me to move on to other challenges. I gave a heads up to those friends I still have on the board that I will be watching and challenging the new leadership, and too not take it personally!    

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About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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5 Responses to Didn’t take long!

  1. Jack says:

    Until they are Board members they are not alowed to be in executive sessions, if so, any actions taken by the Board could end up in court.
    Thanks for having the courage to stand up for what is right, unfortunately in Delaware many do not have to comply with the law.

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  3. Bob says:

    Gary, I know that I don’t have to quote this for you, but for others Board policy 8503 states “If the concern or issue is with personnel, the Board will grant an audience in a closed executive session.”. I can only believe that “closed” means that no one other than current Board members (and the complainant) may be present. I don’t find a description of what an executive session is, either within Board policy or Delaware Code Title 14, Chapter 10. I have to agree that this might bring a court fight for the District.

  4. No Name this time! says:

    Gary–First off, the board decides the agenda. Sounds like your president lacked a hell of a lot consideration in light of your circumstances. There is NO DAMN WAY I would have let 2 un-sworn members in an executive session, when personnel was being discussed–especially 2 board meetings are out before taking office–AND with the May 15th RIF date looming. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON for it–as what would be needed to have an invited participant. I don’t know who the district attorney is–but Executive Session isn’t a field trip for new members. They will have the Look and See soon enough, and it shouldn’t be on the vulnerable risk they have placed your board and district over personnel issues. I hope they didn’t utter ONE WORD,and sat in a corner. This is not career exploration. This is legal.

    You’ll be missed Gary. Sounds like it’s all hell in a hand-basket going forward. You may not know what bullet you may be dodging:)

  5. John Young says:

    Reblogged this on Transparent Christina and commented:
    Departing Milford Board Member Gary Wolfe has to inform his President that Title 29, section 100 exists. Gary, no question, you were right, your president was flat wrong to invite two Board Member-elects, whose terms commence July 1, 2012 into a meeting clearly defined by DE law. Makes me wonder what other bad decisions are being made down there.

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