Is Christina School Board morphing into a charter like school board of directors ?

My FOIA complaint filed in response to the 8/4/15 CSD BOE meeting. BY Transparent Christina

Additionally, it has come to my attention (I was unable to attend this meeting due to a work meeting out of state) that the Board held a vote in executive session to prevent a board member from making and audio recording of the meeting (not sure that practice is permitted/not permitted). I believe that all votes must occur in public and not in an executive session. I am seeking to determine if this was a FOIA violation with the expectation that a determination as such would likely not yield a remediation beyond a response indicating the BOE will not hold any votes in executive session.  

I am starting the see the public’s frustration with the CSD board and concerns in their capacity to serve Wilmington’s children.  I am shock to hear voting took place during an executive session and “if true and in violation of open meeting law” I feel each and every board member in attendance should step-down.

I am starting to think the call to handover Christina’s Wilmington schools to Red Clay is more about failed board leadership than failed district administration ability to serve Wilmington’s at-risk students. But I know the Markell agenda goes deeper than that. However, the board’s actions appears to set their own rules is of concerning and may warrant an AG’s review . 

Surely board member Young will be painted as a villain  by exposing something possibly illegal or counter-productive. There will be board members pointing the finger at Young before asking themselves did we do something improper.

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5 responses to “Is Christina School Board morphing into a charter like school board of directors ?

  1. As the request plainly states and intones, this was to confirm we acted properly. An opinion favorable to the board protects the board. Only insecure, self absorbed, and ignorant sensibilities would fear or be offended by my sincere attempt to clarify a recent FOIA opinion in Appo, and the executive session vote.

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  2. Not sure why Young would be painted as a villian. The request sought to confirm and clarify, something Young intoned in blogo-land prior to the meeting that he would do after the meeting had been committed to history.

    Ahhh, but then, Kilroy usually has a secret or two up his sleeve.

    When I think of Kilroy, I don’t think so much of soldiers anymore, but more of a mystical merlin…

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  3. Publius e decere

    On the surface, JY is on the up-and-up in seeking confirmation that CSD’s executive session was legitimate. The act of requesting that confirmation suggests that he feels it was not legit. I can only hope that when a reasonable consensus prevails that he will sign on and let it go.

    I think the facts revealed to the public lead one to conclude that the board’s exec session was legit. The not-so-seminal “Appo Opinion” differentiates between discussion of contract (not exec session) and discussion of abilities (OK for exec session). Where the NSS Appo Opinion muddies the water is in the risk of an indivisible mix of purposes. But from what I have read the CSD did a clear job of articulating a narrow purpose for exec session (abilities and capabilities), that there was not an intention nor an eventuality of discussing the Super’s contract, and it appears that the board abided this distinction in their conduct. Certainly on the capabilities part with respect to health reasons which it appears had infringed short-term capabilities by the acknowledgement of everyone involved..

    No need to dance on the head of a pin over this. CSD board acted reasonably. Reasonable is the standard, perfection is not. Let it go.

    Publius

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  4. Publius e decere

    “I am starting to think the call to handover Christina’s Wilmington schools to Red Clay is more about failed [CSD] board leadership than failed district administration ability to serve Wilmington’s at-risk students.”

    Better late than never. 🙂

    CSD — the school management portion — has a massive credibility crisis. Resident families are choosing other options in large numbers. Most organizations — businesses, political parties, elected school boards — would react vigorously to recognize these defections and offer an attractive counter-strategy. I don’t see that CSD — the school management portion — is doing much to counter that decline.

    CSD — the board’s responsibility for community oversight portion — seems more comfortable with blaming the families who make other choices (i.e., other than CSD’s homegrown schools) rather than applying triage to its school administration’s and management’s failures to attract the public. The CSD board seems to be in denial. People leaving the “district schools” in record numbers, the state taking away its schools in Wilmington and the funding which goes with them, the electorate denying — twice — CSD’s requests for tax increase, and then there is the district’s weak “justification” for keeping the 10-years-running Astro Power industrial complex.

    Wow. Maybe it is time to rethink things. Ya think?

    Does the CSD voting public prefer a “perfect” dogmatic board, iconoclastic in the midst of failing schools, or does that public prefer a more nuanced board with a technocratic results-oriented stance which will get results — student outcomes and resident support — as a first priority without relying on destroying the existing free choice decisions of its own electorate.

    Let’s hope that sensibility and logic prevails in CSD before it implodes upon itself. Or maybe we are watching the inevitable state takeover of a district.

    Publius

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