PLEASANTVILLE _ A lack of members forced the Pleasantville Board of Education to cancel a rescheduled meeting that was to have been held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 and schedule a special meeting for next week.
Only Board President Darleen Bey-Blocker and board member Ethel Seymore were in attendance when the meeting was scheduled to begin. Board member Jerome Page followed a minute later at 5:01 p.m. and fellow member Tony Davenport arrived at 5:10 p.m. No one else came.
Board attorney William Donio said the nine-member board needed to have a simple majority – five members – in order to conduct any business and continue the session.
Donio said it’s not commonplace for school boards to fail to have enough members present to hold a scheduled meeting.
“However, it happens often enough to have procedures in place,” he said.
The school board could have started Tuesday’s meeting as late as 9 p.m. if other members had arrived before then, he said.
However, it appeared as though no other members would be arriving.
As a result, Bey-Blocker announced that the meeting would be canceled at 5:30 p.m.
“We should have never changed the time,” she said. “The people that voted for it aren’t here.”
On Oct, 8, the school board voted to move its Oct. 22 meeting to Oct. 29. The board also approved moving the start time for the rest of this year’s meetings from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Paul Moore Jr., Doris Rowell, Seymore and Davenport voted to move the meeting time an hour earlier.
“They should have left it alone,” Bey-Blocker said. “It should have stayed at 6 p.m.”
The school board will now meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4 in the Pleasantville High School cafeteria, the board's normal meeting location.
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