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School Board Seat Expected to be Filled Aug. 6

Board president Bruce Bailey decided the three candidates – Rick Moze, Paul Palama and Brandon Rosner – will be interviewed by the board at a public meeting Aug. 6.

The Greenfield School Board won't go long with only six people on its seven-member panel.

Board president Bruce Bailey, with the direction of the other members, decided the three candidates – Rick Moze, Paul Palama and Brandon Rosner – will be interviewed by the board at a public meeting Aug. 6.

The candidates will have 20 minutes to answer a series of predetermined questions. Following the round of interviews, the board will vote on the replacement for Dave Richlen, when his family moved to Franklin.

The interviews and vote will be held in at the at 6:30 p.m.

Current board members will vote for the candidate they prefer through a signed paper vote. A coin flip will be used in the event of a tie.

Moze is a former board member in a six-person election. Palama also ran, but Rosner is a .

robert heule July 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Vote by open roll call or quit the board! This is gutless even though the vote will be revealed after the signed ballot. Cathy, call the roll any way Get in their face publicly. Conrad Farner should have nothing whatsoever to do with the operation board. Bruce, I know that you know better. We would not have allowed this tohappen when we served together. Please ORDER a roll call.
robert heule July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Don't request a roll call DEMAND it.
David Cotey July 25, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Hey Bob, the board decided on the written vote in an effort to avoid influencing any members to vote a certain way. For example, and this is just hypothetical, if the board narrows the list of candidates to two, say Palama and Rosner, and the vote is 3-2 in favor of Rosner on roll, with one vote to go, that final board member will have to decide if he/she is going to vote Rosner in or force the tie by voting for Palama. The votes will be revealed, so all board members will be held accountable, and Superintendent Farner had nothing to do with the board deciding to go this route.
Terri July 25, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I am fine with the way they chose to handle the vote since their votes will be identified immediately afterwards. In a roll call vote the order that the votes are cast is a factor. Regarding that vote, I would like to voice my opinion that the voice of the voters in the previous election should come into play. I went back and checked. There was a 170 vote gap between Rick Moze and the top vote getter, Russell Spahn. There was a bigger gap than that between Mr. Moze and the next highest candidate, Paul Palma: 192 votes. Clearly Rick Moze was the preferred choice of the voters. I hope the board will recognize and respect the electorate's vote.
robert heule July 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
David, The roll call is used by most governmental bodies. All board members are expected to vote their conscience and not to be influenced by a "stronger" colleague or fear of losing a "friendship". If the result ends in a tie, there should be additional voting until a candidate is chosen. If the Board can not reach a decision after additional voting, "lots" should be drawn either by the flip of a coin or by high card. There are at least two examples of precedence in Greenfield. On approximately May 28th 1980, the Board, decided to flip a coin after 32 unsuccessful votes on an appointment to fill a vacancy. Larry Neumann won the coin flip and was appointed. In the spring of 2005, there was an unsuccessful attempt by roll call to fill a vacancy in Aldermanic District 5 caused by the resignation of of Michael Neitzke who was elected mayor in the April election of that year. The continuous tie vote was Alderpersons Almquist and Pietrowski voting for Mike Gierl, and Alderpersons Carlson and Kastner voting for Shirley Saryan. The Council decided to resolve the tie by the flipping of a coin and Ms. Saryan won as was thereby appointed. a coin flip ws
robert heule July 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM
The people attending the meeting should be able know immediately how the Board Members vote, rather than wait until the votes are cast. The process should be the same as an open vote on any other matter. Courage takes priority over "comfort".
karen k August 03, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Good to know Terri. Rick Moze should be the logical choice. Let's see now.
Don Carlson August 06, 2012 at 01:36 PM
In the selection of an alderman in 2005 I, Don Carlson, voted for Mike Gierl
robert heule August 06, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Don Carlson, My apology if I was incorrect.

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