Thursday June 27, 2013
After 12 years as South Burlington’s school board chair, Richard Cassidy announced in early June that he would be resigning, effective June 30th. The Board acted quickly, posting ads on Front Porch Forum and in The Other Paper describing in detail the responsibilities of the available position and calling for applicants.
Although the Board only received one applicant, members were in agreement that resident and regular school board meeting attendee Dan Fleming was highly qualified. He was interviewed in public session at the June 19 board meeting. During the interview, Fleming cited a number of priorities that would be important to him as school board chair, among them student and staff safety and policy governance. An official decision was not made in the moment, but Cassidy recommended the Board take action relatively soon.
A special meeting was warned and subsequently held June 24, at 6 p.m. with the matter of filling the board vacancy the only public item on the agenda. Without hesitation or discussion, Elizabeth Fitzgerald made the motion to have Dan Fleming fill the eight month vacancy made available by Cassidy’s departure, Julie Beatty seconded and the decision was unanimous. Fitzgerald said that she felt Fleming would add a lot of value to the board. In the interim, between Cassidy’s departure and Fleming’s swearing in, Clerk Elizabeth Fitzgerald will be acting board chair. An official public welcoming of Fleming and board reorganization will occur at the July 10 meeting.
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent