Monday night’s Montclair Board of Education meeting lasted well after midnight and was extremely contentious. For awhile now, the BoE meetings have been tense and argumentative. In fact, MEA president Gayl Shepard said in her prepared statement (read it in its entirety here and here) on Monday that Board president Robin Kulwin expressed to her that parents she spoke to said they were uncomfortable attending the meetings because of the dissension they felt.
BoE Vice Presdient Shelly Lombard told Barista Kids “The MEA has been dominating meetings and we are trying to create an environment where more opinions can be heard.” She added, “If I was a parent in the community, I would not want to come to these meetings.”
In my personal discussions, a parent said of Monday’s meeting, “It was my first BOE meeting and I’m not sure I have the stomach to go to another one.”
Montclair public school parents, we want to know how you feel. Do you attend the BoE meetings? Are you vocal on issues that you feel strongly about? If you don’t attend, is it because of the contentiousness?
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