Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Continued from first segment on Board Policy KE revisions.
When Trustee Scott suggested that Trustee Agostini had had the floor for her motion, Holmes said she had not called for a motion. That was correct, because Agostini had beaten her to the punch. Agostini began reading her motion to continue Policy KE and not hear it last night.
At that point Holmes forgot she had recognized Agostini and blew right past the interruption by McKie.
One of the problems Holmes has is that she cannot keep track of parliamentary procedure, and this is why she should not be Chair.
On the livestream.com/richland2 recording at 1:52:10, after Trustee Scott speaks, Holmes says that Ms. Agostini was "out of line". Then, after Manning speaks, saying Trustee Agostini should be allowed to continue with her Motion. (McKie's motion was made after Agostini started her motion.) Holmes says (about Agostini), I didn't know what she was gonna [sic] say. I couldn't hear what she was saying."
If Holmes could not hear Agostini after she had called on her, she should have said so immediately. As Chair, she is supposed to be running the meeting and listening to what is said!
Trustee Scott then said, in effect, that Trustee Agostini should have the floor.
After more back and forth, Trustee McFadden jumped into the fray. She brought up the defamatory language in the Policy KE revision. She asked if the defamatory language would be applied to the public who spoke during Public Participation. Holmes said she "was going to let Dr. Davis" answer. How kind of her to "let" the superintendent speak.
Supt. Davis said the Policy (KE) has nothing to do with Public Participation. WRONG. Inserting the defamation language in the Policy revision does apply. If a person stands up in Public Participation and defames an district employee, it could apply. But that language doesn't even belong in Policy KE. Any employee has the legal right to seek redress, if s/he is defamed.
The he said, unnecessarily, that the Policy does not prevent any member of the public from emailing the board with questions or concerns.
The superintendent said, INCORRECTLY, that the old (existing) Policy KE allows the public to supersede the chain-of-command ... going directly to the board to have their concern heard, without going to the teacher (or through the chain-of-command).
This is WRONG. Under the old Policy, the public only goes directly to the board when the superintendent's decision is unsatisfactory. Either he doesn't even understand KE as it was, or he deliberately attempted to mislead the board members. He said the public can go directly to the board. That is FALSE.
1:56:35 Continued in next article.
As the board calendar for 2022-2023 got further discussion in the March 22nd board meeting, Trustee Scott asked about the Winter Retreat on the calendar for Friday, February 3, 2023. The superintendent said he did that, because staff works all week and shouldn't have to work on a week-end (or words to that effect).
Trustee Agostini said she is a "planner" and, if a date goes on a calendar, she'd like to have whatever is planned to happen on that date.
Manning felt obliged to get long-winded about people who aren't flexible and won't change plans they might have. A self-employed person who plans meetings and events out into the future may not want to bear the expense and inconvenience of changing business plans that were made months before, just because the board majority wants to change a date. He was taking a direct shot at Trustee Agostini. A back-handed shot, but still a direct shot. He didn't mention her name, although he did later in the meeting.
This exchange can be viewed on the livestream.com/richland2 recording (March 22, 2022 meeting), beginning at 1:44:50.
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