Surf City, NJ
Children are often taught there are two answers to certain questions: yes or no. That’s not the case for elected officials, who have the ability to abstain from a vote on any given topic for any number of reasons. Often, the reason for an abstention vote is given; just as often, it is not.
That was the circumstance last week when William Fenimore, LBI Consolidated Board of Education president, abstained from a vote to move the district one step closer to rehabbing the LBI Grade School. The board failed to garner a majority of the votes on a motion to give Frank Little, a principal of Owen, Little and Associates of Beachwood, the authority to begin involving the state Department of Education in the improvement project.