Official BOE Counts, Upcoming Meetings
For three three-year seats:
Wilma Campbell, 1,455; Rasheed Abdul-Haqq, 1,130; Renata Hernandez, 1,021; Mahogany Hendricks, 765; Martin Cox, 652; Danielle Fletcher, 641; Mary Burgwinkle, 627; Jaclynne Callands, 593; Christian Estevez, 585; Catherine Crittendon, 349.
For one one-year unexpired term:
Keisha Edwards, 1,059; Clayton Tucker Sr., 679; Carmencita Pile, 494; Denise Riley, 187.
The only quirky thing about these numbers may be the spread among the winners, with the top vote-getter receiving 30 percent more than the running mate with the lowest tally. Don't know what it means.
Tonight's special meeting is an executive session starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Building, 1200 Myrtle Ave. There may or may not be any action taken.
Next up is the Reorganization Meeting, 7 p.m. on May 4 at the same location. At this meeting, the school board will choose a president to serve until next April and will designate official banks, newspapers, attorneys and such for the year.
The new board's first work and study session will be at 8 p.m. May 11 at 1200 Myrtle Avenue and its first business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 18 at the same location.
The new board will have, by all accounts, a 5-4 majority of like thinkers. It remains to be seen whether these members will act as a juggernaut toward the beleaguered current administration or whether there will be a measured approach to change. Except for interim Superintendent Peter Carter, the last several chief school administrators have been people with no prior experience as superintendents. Tossing out the incumbent, if possible, may just put the district in a holding pattern again while a search is made for a new superintendent.
The turmoil at the top is working against positive moves such as the K-8 configuration to retain students in district schools. The quest for accountability has, in some ways, become conflated with the wish of some to see Dr. Steve Gallon III personally humiliated. The language of the attacks on Gallon goes to extremes that could make any possible successor wary of setting foot into the district's well-known revolving door.
There is much to be done in the weeks ahead. How it will be done and what tone will be set is up to the new majority.