Zip06.com (Madison, WI)
Months of heated debate over a bylaw change that restructures the Board of Education (BOE) committees came to a fiery conclusion at the board’s regular meeting on Aug. 28. Ultimately the bylaw change was approved by a vote split along party lines, but not before a testy debate that raised questions regarding board members’ intentions and political motivations.
The bylaw in question is board bylaw 9450, the bylaw governing board committees. The bylaw had included language governing four standing committees: Planning, Policy, Personnel, and Finance. Under the amended bylaw, the board now has five standing committees including Finance, Policy, Personnel, a newly created Communications Committee, and a Curriculum and Student Development Committee, which will replace Planning both in name and responsibility as some previously assigned planning committee responsibilities are now shifted to other standing committees.