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Amity Auditorium Gets A New Name

Honored for his support of the Arts, Supt. John Brady will be remembered for generations to come.

An Orange Patch reader who asked to remain anonymous, wrote this letter to us after Monday night's Amity Board of Ed meeting:

After some eloquent speaking by local parents/others and a presentation of a petition of over 100 signatures, the Amity BOE suspended rules requiring naming to go through the facilities committee and voted on naming the auditorium after Dr. Brady.

There were three votes: tie, tie, tie.  After the final tie, the chairman, Bill Blake, voted to break the tie and voted affirmatively.

So it passed. The auditorium will be named for Dr. Brady.

I was not there for the actual vote.  I didn't even think they would actually vote on it tonight.  Sheila McCreven spoke.  Also, a current member of the WBOF spoke wonderfully about how things were money-wise, before Dr. Brady came on board.  

Also, a few others chimed in.

Zeoli even spoke, saying he wasn't against it...before speaking about other budget matters.

Anyway, it passed.  Yahoo!!

See Melissa Nicefaro's story on the meeting later today.

John B. March 21, 2012 at 04:28 PM
It looks like the Amity Board is behaving badly again! Didn’t the Board just finish an embarrassing naming dispute over athletic facilities caused by rushed, ill-thought-out decisions? In response, didn’t the Board develop procedures to follow for naming properties? Why then is the Board rushing to push through this resolution by adding it as new business when it was not on the meeting agenda and was clearly highly contested? Why is the Board failing to follow its own bylaws which require a “2/3 vote of the members of the Board” to add new business to be considered and acted upon at a regular meeting of the Board? Why didn’t one of the seven members who voted in favor of the motion have the integrity to say that the matter should be tabled so that the procedures and bylaws could be followed and the matter given the proper consideration? Isn’t it the role of the chairperson – who must have cast the tie-breaking vote – to make sure the rules and policies of the Board are followed, no matter what is the chair’s personal position? The residents of Bethany, Orange & Woodbridge deserve better.
tfal24 March 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM
As someone who attended the board meeting, there were six members who wanted it to be tabled until the next meeting (and voted no) because it wasn't added to the agenda until a motion was made to do so during the meeting. This allowed for no notification for public so they could come and speak. They also voted to dispense the rule so technically the rule wasn't "broken". I am not trying to take a position but is important for all of the public to know the facts.
Barbara T. March 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM
John B. Well said I agree 100%. The residents of Bethany ,Orange & Woodbridge deserve better .
John B. March 22, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Tfal24, It is my understanding that, while the Board did vote to add the item to the agenda as new business, the Board did not follow its bylaws which require a 2/3 majority to add a new business item. Instead, they ignored the bylaws and added the item with a simple majority vote, the same simple majority that approved the naming. That's why the process requires a 2/3 vote -- so that a majority cannot foist something on the rest of the board and the public without notice and comment. All I am asking is that the Board follow the process upon which it agreed to operate. Is that too much to ask?
tfal24 March 22, 2012 at 08:56 PM
You are exactly right this is the quote from the board bylaws "Upon a 2/3 vote of the members of the Board, new business, not listed on the agenda, may be considered and acted upon at a regular meeting of the Board." I can see how this was violated at the board meeting. I would encourage you to come to the next board meeting and make your case. You seem very passionate about this and I think the board needs to hear from the public if they violated a rule.

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