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Not a good day to stray off topic at Hillsborough School Board meeting



Candy Olson wasn't having it.

Minutes into Tuesday afternoon's Hillsborough County School Board meeting, the chairwoman shut down teacher Mike Weston, who wanted to talk about provisions he found objectionable in the 2009 proposal that led to $100-million in Gates grant funding for Empowering Effective Teachers.

"You're out of order," she told Weston, who had signed up to speak about the past year's changes to the program. They argued back and forth until Weston stepped away from the podium.

Next up: Ellis Curry, who was fired recently as an architect for the school district. Olson interrupted him as well, saying he was speaking about things other than the most recent energy conservation report, for which he had signed up. Olson reminded Curry, as well, to stick to the subject.

It was enough to rattle School Board candidate Terry Kemple -- but not entirely.

Kemple began his remarks about EET by taking a swipe at Olson.

"As someone who's come up here many times with issues to discuss with you all and had very limited time to do that,  while you all have ad nauseum to make your points, as chairperson I think your efforts to focus on what you want to hear rather than what we want to say is disgraceful."

From the back of the room, a few people applauded.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 6:54pm]


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