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How many Pasco School Board members does it take to put an item on the board agenda?



Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley proposed changing the answer to "one" during a policy review session today.

But it took just one word to convince her otherwise.

It seems that at a meeting of Florida school board chairmen, Hurley came to like the rules of Brevard's board, which let any board member place an item on the agenda simply by notifying the superintendent. She recommended it to her colleagues during a workshop.

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino said she'd be happy to oblige. But she also reminded the board of the reason why retired member Marge Whaley proposed the current procedure that has members ask at public meetings for consensus to add items to future agendas.

"It's easier to put the heat on me when all of the board members don't want to hear" about a single member's pet topic, Fiorentino said.

"We haven't had ..." Hurley started to say.

"Uniforms," Fiorentino said, mentioning the topic that former member Kathryn Starkey frequently brought up to others' eye rolls.

"Okay," Hurley said, nodding.

After a bit more discussion, Hurley withdrew her proposal. She settled instead for a slight modification allowing a board member to add to the agenda with the support of at least one other member during a public meeting. The others agreed to the change, which still requires formal approval.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 3:12pm]


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