Deadlocked vote pushes Board of Education chairman election into next week

Who won the election to be chairman of the Greenwich Board of Education? For now, it may well have been confusion.

The Board of Education began its new term with surprises on Thursday night at Old Greenwich School when not only did an expected candidate not put her name forward, but the vote deadlocked at four and four. Now the election of a chairman will be pushed at least until Tuesday night when the board meets at 7 p.m. at Cos Cob School to discuss the 2014-15 school budget.

At the end of Thursday night, the board’s four Democrats were united in support of Democrat Adriana Ospina, the board’s current secretary, and the board’s four Republicans were united in support of Republican Peter Sherr, recently re-elected this month. Board vice chairman Barbara O’Neill, who had been expected to be a candidate for chairman, was not nominated by one of her colleagues and, in another surprise, ended up voting in favor of Mr. Sherr.

This leaves the board locked in a vote and another vote scheduled for Tuesday night. Since no chair was elected, Ms. O’Neill will serve as acting chair until one is. The Thursday night deadlock also started the clock ticking on a 30-day timeframe where, if this is not resolved by the Board of Education, the matter of electing a chair would go to the Board of Selectmen.

The Post will have more details in its Nov. 27 edition and check back to Greenwich-post.com for the latest details.

 

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