Thursday, July 14, 2022
Can three board members control the School Board?
Pass motion; then make secondary motion???
At Tuesday night's board meeting (July 12, 2022) there was a lengthy discussion of the proposed 2022-2023 Budget.
Trustees Agostini and McFadden asked for more time to consider it. McKie had made a motion to approve the budget. McFadden made a (secondary) motion to delay the vote and allow more time for deliberation.
Manning said there was a motion standing. He was right, but he knows full well what a secondary motion is and in which order motions are voted. He has been on the board since 2010, and he often had to explain secondary motions to last year's chair.
And then McKie chimed in the wrong information that she has spoken about in the past.
She should know by now that, when a motion passes, such a "secondary motion" is meaningless. The motion would have already passed.
But Manning, as chair and member of the pack of the Core Four, did not correct her.
And without a Parliamentarian the wrong information did not get corrected.
McFadden's secondary motion should have quickly been seconded by Agostini or Scott. Then there should have been discussion and a vote.
Unfortunately, the Core Four stood ready to approve the budget, so they would have voted en bloc 3-4 on McFadden's motion, causing it to fail. But there would have always been hope that Holmes would not have understood McFadden's motion and would have "hit the wrong button", making the vote 4-3 (passing).
That would have killed the primary motion and would have just taken them back to a starting point, and they would have had to wiggle to produce some kind of wording to get what The Four wanted - a passed Budget Tuesday night.
How much money did the District waste on the two "executive coaching and parliamentary procedures" trainings? $10,-15,000? More? Did anyone ever submit a FOIA request?
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