12 - 12 - 2013 Midd-West School Board ease visitor participation requirements
[DI] - The Midd-West school board’s public meetings will be conducted in a new way to allow more visitor participation. Board President Victor Abate said he will initiate some changes at the next meeting, to be held at 7:30pm Monday in the Middleburg Elementary School, to “hopefully stir more community involvement.” Visitors who want to speak or ask questions of the board about agenda items will no longer be required to call the district office hours before the meeting and asked to be recognized. And, instead of starting off the meeting with reports & presentations that often take an hour or more, the meeting will begin with the student report, guest speakers & action items. The length of school board meetings in recent years has ranged from 1-4 hours. Also scheduled for Monday’s meeting, a vote on 1 of 5 candidates seeking the interim superintendent position. One of the applicants is Assistant Superintendent Daphne Snook, who was tapped in October to serve as substitute superintendent until Dec. 31 when Wesley Knapp’s resignation takes effect. Knapp stepped down suddenly from the $118,400-a-year job after the board filed a notice of charges against him. Neither Knapp nor Abate will divulge the nature of the charges.