Joint School Committees in open session
Joint School Committees in closed session
After a contentious ten minutes in open session where member Trevor Baptiste lamented "I've had my full of threats, and would prefer any threats happen in open session," the joint meeting of the Regional, Amherst and Pelham School Committees retreated into Executive Session for what we were told would be about "an hour."
Almost THREE HOURS later they came out of Executive Session and the open session continued for only another twenty minutes before adjournment.
Attorney Tom Columb (who replaced retired Ginny Tate) attended both open and closed sessions
Regional School Committee Chair Laura Kent (the head honcho chair of the three committee chairs present) specifically said they were NOT discussing School Superintendent Maria Geryk's evaluation and that would be done in open session as required by state Open Meeting Law.
So what the Hell did they discuss for almost three hours with their attorney Tom Columb present?
Maria Geryk's current contract has another two full years left on it (with an automatic extension of one addition year), so obviously they were not simply talking about a routine contract renewal.
And, it would have been a gross violation of Open Meeting Law if they did discuss the recent controversy of the "stay away" order Ms. Geryk arbitrarily issued against parent Aisha Hiza back in March, which has caused an avalanche of bad press.
Either way the combined School Committees meet again on Monday for a "retreat" but will discuss in open session the twice delayed evaluation of Superintendent Maria Geryk. Providing of course she shows up for that meeting.
Former School Committee member Amilcar Shabazz waited 3 hours to comment
Since Ms. Geryk has to be present for such a discussion and she was notably absent last night, the School Committees could not have discussed her evaluation anyway even if they had come out of Executive Session much earlier.
But hey, at least I discovered art while wandering the halls of the High School: