Shocker at the BOE
BOE night: O’Neill dropped out of race for BOE chairmanship, leaving Peter Sherr and the Democrat to split the eight votes between them, 4-4.
In a major surprise at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting, Republican Vice ChairmanBarbara O’Neill dropped out of the race for the chairmanship, while Democrat Adriana Ospinaemerged as a challenger to Republican Peter Sherr for the board’s top post. That twist produced a split vote among the eight board members for Sherr and Ospina.
As a result of the deadlock, board members postponed the election of officers to Tuesday.
Sherr, who was re-elected to a second term Nov. 5, announced his candidacy for the board’s top post earlier this week. O’Neill, the board’s vice chairman, announced at the same time. But she was not nominated at the meeting, which led to her withdrawal.
Ospina did not learn of O’Neill’s decision to drop out until the meeting, she said.
“Thirty minutes before the meeting, the status of the election was that Barbara would run and probably get two votes, and Peter would run and probably get two votes, and I would run and get four votes,” Ospina said. “None of the Democrats were informed (before the meeting) that Barbara would drop from the race.”
Peter Bernstein, a Republican colleague of O’Neill’s, declined to comment on when O’Neill said she would not seek the chairmanship.
The board’s four Republicans — Sherr, O’Neill, Peter Bernstein and Peter von Braun — voted for Sherr. The four Democrats — Ospina, Jennifer Dayton, Debbie Appelbaum and Laura Erickson — voted for Ospina.
Are the Republicans finally learning how to politic? Gee whiz.