Delays plague city school board

10:38 am | January 31, 2013

The third time was not a charm.

Twice running afoul of bad weather and once failing to reach a quorum, the Elizabethton Board of Education has yet to hold its January meeting.

Board chair Rita Booher apologized to those in attendance at Wednesday afternoon’s called meeting after a quorum of members failed to attend. Booher and vice-chair Phil Isaacs were in attendance.

Booher and Director of Schools Ed Alexander said member Connie Baker had originally said she could attend at noon Wednesday. However, Booher said Baker called late Tuesday to say she could not come to the school board meeting because of another board meeting scheduled at the same time.

She said that in the six years she has been on the board, they have never failed to get three people to the meeting. “We would not have scheduled the meeting if we had not had three yeses on this time. I apologize. I know your time is very valuable,” she said.

Alexander said another called meeting is needed as soon as possible to deal with time-sensitive items that were on the agenda.

He said the board needs to approve six bid renewals for food items and cafeteria supplies by Feb. 1. Also, a professional development day needs to be rescheduled for faculty.

“We are concerned because there are items on the agenda that are time-sensitive,” Booher said. “The most important is not letting the contracts lapse for the cafeteria food vendors.”

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