Board to consider paying Vallas' legal fees
Posted in the Trumbull Forum
#1 Jul 22, 2013
BRIDGEPORT -- The city school board will try once again to discuss the legal battle over Paul Vallas' qualifications to serve as schools superintendent of the district.
The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 305 of City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace.
A meeting last week was adjourned after a half-hour in which the board members could not agree on whether the meeting had been properly posted under Freedom of Information requirements that require a 24-hour notice. The nine-member panel spent the session arguing.
The agenda for the new meeting is the same. It calls for a discussion and any appropriate action regarding legal fees concerning Lopez vs. Vallas, a matter that is being appealed to the state Supreme Court and for which the city has hired outside legal counsel. A second agenda item calls for a discussion regarding transition planning and a search committee for a new superintendent.
Vallas had been acting superintendent for the district since late 2011. Earlier this year, a majority of the school board offered him a three-year contract provided he could receive a waiver of state certification requirements to hold the job.
He did, but the route he took was legally challenged, and a court ruled last month that Vallas' program of study was not sufficient. That ruling is being appealed along, with an order that Vallas vacate the position immediately.
Four members of the school board, including three members of the Connecticut Working Families Party want Vallas out. Five Democrats support Vallas, but at least one member, Jacqueline Kelleher, the board vice chair, said last week she supports starting the search committee process, if only to be prepared and know how much it will cost.
Another board members who supports Vallas, Hernan Illingworth, said after the failed meeting last week, he no longer supports moving forward now with a search committee. That the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal gave him new hope, he said.
Since: Aug 10
#2 Jul 22, 2013
More Bridgeport taxpayers money wasted. Fire his A now.
#3 Jul 23, 2013
Something doesn't pass the smell test.
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