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Daily Archives: July 3, 2012
Pencader adds six people to board; Charter’s actions being monitored by Dept. of Education. Written by Nichole Dobo The News Journal
What was not clear was if two board members could legally call a meeting to appoint a new board. The board’s bylaws call for a minimum of five board members, and the state’s open meetings law requires a quorum of a board to hold a meeting.
Bylaws are not state laws and the means to guide the board. Regardless of the reason why there remained two board members the fact is the entire board was 100% present. Therefore, there was a quorum. The situation was extraordinary and nothing in the charter school law references this concern. Therefore, it is obvious the remaining board member remedy the situation. The real emphasis should be on the qualifications of the “new” six board members.
The state Department of Education, which oversees the school, is “monitoring the situation” regarding board membership and will take “action that is appropriate,” said Alison Kepner, a spokeswoman for the department. Kepner declined to elaborate, and the state did not make any DOE officials available for an interview regarding the matter.
Now here is a serious problem! The Delaware Secretary of Education is being wet-nursed by Governor Markell and his DOE subordinates. If he were qualified to be such a leader he would make a comment and not rely on another subordinate. Surely if the issues were Pencader receiving a national award DOE officials and Markell would be on hand for the photo opt and make comments.
The state’s Attorney General’s Office, which rules on matters regarding open meetings and records, would not comment on the specific situation at Pencader because the office only issues opinions if a complaint is made.
So much for being proactive he’ll make a fine governor in 2016.
The new Pencader board amended the school’s bylaws after its members were selected.
The bylaws had required new members to be elected at the annual meeting, which is in July. The new board voted unanimously to push up that election so it could happen in the three months leading up to the annual meeting. The new rules also require board candidate information to be presented two weeks prior to the vote.