O'Neill elected Board of Education chairman

The drama surrounding who will be the next chairman of the Board of Education finally came to an end on Thursday night when Barbara O’Neill removed the “acting” part of her “acting chairman” title.

By a six to two margin, Ms. O’Neill, a Republican, was elected by the board after serving the last two years as vice chairman. Democrat Jennifer Dayton was elected vice chairman and Democrat Debbie Appelbaum to the surprise of many, including, it would appear, herself, was elected board secretary.

At the beginning of the meeting. there was another deadlocked vote for chairman with the four Republicans, including Ms. O’Neill, supporting Republican Peter Sherr and the four Democrats supporting Democrat Adriana Ospina. This had been the same result for the last three weeks in attempts to elect a chairman but once that vote was taken, the floor was reopened to nominations and Ms. O’Neill was put forward. Ms. Ospina then withdrew as a candidate but Mr. Sherr remained in the race. Mr. Sherr ultimately received two votes of support, his own and Republican Peter von Braun’s, and Ms. O’Neill had the support of the four board Democrats to carry her nomination through.

In brief remarks after her election, Ms. O’Neill pledged to work collaboratively with her colleagues and said she was eager for everyone to come together to put the hard feelings of the last few weeks behind them.

“We all have the same goal here,” Ms. O’Neill said, stressing a commitment to work for the students of the Greenwich Public Schools.

There will be additional coverage in the Dec. 19 edition of the Post.


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