Red Clay makes blunder using live BoardDocs

On the night of Red Clay’s September 20, 2017 board meeting Red Clay posted the following: 

“It is the recommendation that the Red Clay Consolidated School Board solicit interested community members living in nominating district “E” to serve on the board through July 1, 2018. Community members shall express their interest through a letter of interest and resume’ submitted to the Superintendent by the close of business on October 5, 2017.

Motion by Kenneth R Woods, second by Martin A Wilson Sr.
Final Resolution: Motion Fails
Yes: Martin A Wilson Sr, Faith R Newton, Kenneth R Woods
No: Adriana L Bohm, Ashley Sabo, Catherine H Thompson”

After I posted on Facebook Last night ( copied and pasted) board member Ashley Sobo says this: “Ashley Sabo Kilroy’s Slower Delaware if you’re going to report make sure your facts are correct. Faith was No and I voted yes.” However, she went back and reviews the published BoardDoc and said this, “Ashley Sabo I apologize Kilroy for seeming to snap at you. The minutes are incorrect and I am asking for them to be updated. This has been quite a topic of discussion and I want the facts correct.”  And they were corrected.  Ashley also said this; “It was also resolved that night when it was brought to Merv’s attention filling the seat was not optional and the board only could vote on the procedure.” Wrong !!!!!!  

“Title 14, Chapter 10 Subchapter III § 1054 Vacancy on school board. “(a) If any school board member ceases to be a resident of the reorganized school district, that member shall cease to be a member of its school board.”

“(b) Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, a vacancy on a school board, for any cause other than the expiration of term, shall be filled by the remaining members of the school board for the remainder of the fiscal year, and a new member shall be elected at the next regular school board election to serve for the unexpired term as specified below:” 

Appears per law the remaining board members “shall” fill the vacant seat! 

(a) Each school board member shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and the laws of Delaware governing public education, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of school board member according to the best of my ability; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered or promised to pay, contributed, or offered to or promised to contribute, any money or other valuable thing as consideration or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at the election at which I was elected to said office, so help me God (or I so affirm).”

(b) The oath or affirmation shall be administered by the president or vice-president of the school board of the school district or in the case of a newly constituted board by a person appointed by the Secretary of Education to administer said oath.

Notice “laws of Delaware governing public education”.

Now Mr. Matthews if I error in citing the law whereas buried in some subsection of this law allowing board members not to fill the seat please lead me to it.

As for BoardDoc, when the school districts post information on the fly during board meetings they are no official board minutes. Before and during the next board meeting the board has time to review and correct minutes and then vote making them official.  However in the meantime, the information is posted for the public and indeed someone can jump the gun assuming information is accurate. But it appears our DSEA President must feel citizens should verify district published information be for sharing it or commenting on it.

The question before the house is, why wouldn’t remaining board member want a vacant seat filled? Is it to protect the status quo or is that someone showing to fill the seat doesn’t appeal to certain members?


One response to “Red Clay makes blunder using live BoardDocs

  1. Josiah Andrews-Law

    I know of one resident who is throwing his name in the hat for that seat. I spoke to him this weekend at Art on the Green. He taught my grandson about 4 years ago.