Red Clay School Board will be holding a “Special Workshop” on H.B. 758 Class Size Wavier on December 1, 2008.
The meeting on December 1, 2008 is officially designated as a “Special Workshop” and advertised as such! The school board can only vote during the Public Session of the Board Meeting or a Special Board Meeting
Three are not set provisions for Special Workshop and any vote would be illegal as the establish board policies only permit voting at “board meetings.” However please keep in mind, when the board waives or disregards board policies they are not breaking state laws! Each local school board set their own policies and pretty much all utilizes Robert’s Rules of Order.
If the district tries to reclassify the meeting from Special Workshop to Special Board Meeting where they can take a vote against that action would required giving the opportunity to comment. At November 19, 2008 the board announced because there was no two week public notices the board had to take the Class Size Wavier off the agenda. In doing so many who intended to comment withdrew or didn’t submit a green slip. Therefore any vote anywhere at anytime would be in violation of school board policies as the public wasn’t given the opportunity to speak.
The upcoming meeting is a “Special Workshop” a vote will be in violation of board policies.
Here is the sad part! Our local state legislators do not give a rat’s ass and will not intervene! If you really care and plan on bitching at the board members please consider bitching at your legislators.
STOP READ !
http://www.redclay.k12.de.us/SchoolBoard/Meetings/0809/Agendas0809/12-1-08-Workshop%20Session.pdf Agenda for December 01, 2008
Now you see the agenda as a “Special Public Session / Public Hearing. It notes, “The Board of Education contemplates discussion of the regular public agends” Hello, you can’t have discussion until after all presentations by the district “and” public comment.
You’ll also see “Accountability Committee Report –Odyssey Charter
Though the district is selling this meeting as a “Special Workshop” the meeting will be read in the record as a Special Public Session / Public Hearing. Therefore because there was a presentation and public input on Odyssey request for modification of their charter along with the rescinding of the 3 to 3 vote the board can hold another vote.
Red Clay has played this “Special Workshop” shell game before!