Clinton City Schools Board member Carol Worley stands by her decision in March to keep the board’s meetings on two different nights, asking the board Monday night to change their one meeting a month back to the board’s original two meetings a month.
The board will return to the two meetings a month schedule.
In March, the Clinton City Board of Education voted to combine the board’s work session and regular meeting into one evening, therefore saving the members and the system’s employees time. The ultimate goal — make meetings more efficient.
Monday night, Worley expressed her concern with the one meeting, citing concern for her family and the lack of time she is able to spend with her family, as a reason for the board to consider changing their meeting schedule back to two nights a month.
“I have been a team player in this, but it’s putting strain on my family,” Worley said Monday night.
Worley’s proposal to the board was to hold the meetings on the second Tuesday night of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the work sessions on the Thursday prior to that meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Central Office. This change would be effective in November.
When the board made the decision in March, it wasn’t without opposition. Both Worley and board chairman Jason Walters were in opposition of the one-night meetings, but the change won approval by a 4-to-2 vote, with board members E.R. Mason, Randy Barefoot, Diane Viser and Georgina Zeng voting to combine the meetings, therefore eliminating one of the two monthly meetings and opting for a single night that combines both the work session and the regular meeting.
Worley’s recommendation Monday night didn’t come without opposition either. Both Barefoot and Viser expressed their disapproval, voting against the change. Mason, Zeng and Walters supported Worley’s recommendation.
Barefoot made a motion to table the decision until the board had a chance to look at their schedules and discuss making the change before securing it with a vote. Viser offered a second on Barefoot’s motion, stating the meeting schedule had been made months ago and could pose a problem for many people.
With a split vote, 3-to-3, the motion to table the change died.
“It is very hard on my schedule to meet during the middle of the day,” Walters said.
Following the decision in March, superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount called the change a matter of efficiency for the board, a point Viser tried to make during Monday night’s discussion of the matter.
“Separating the meetings into two nights puts a burden on the central office staff,” Viser said. “That was the explanation we were given when we made the original decision.”
Blount said in March, one of the reasons behind the recommendation to hold both meetings on the same night was in consideration of the employees who were asked to attend the work sessions for the purpose of a presentation or recognition. If meetings were held on one night, employees could come over to the work session at the end of their day and not have to return to the meeting at a later time.
With Monday night’s change, Blount said the board and employees were now going to have to prepare for two meetings a month.
The board’s next meeting will be held Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m., with the work session to be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m.
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