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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.

I QUIT March 13, 2012 at 04:07 AM
yes good totally deserved it. He has done so much good for this district. This is a fitting tribute
orange mom March 13, 2012 at 04:17 AM
So sad!
Greg March 13, 2012 at 04:22 AM
The arts really picked up a lot after he came on board. He totally supported Rob Kennedy in all of his endeavors and put Amity on the map. I think this is, as Cory said, a fitting tribute.
Katie March 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM
It is not a fitting tribute - there have been many great superintendents and teachers. He is not the best superintendent Amity has ever had or will have. I agree that this is sad!!
Diane March 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Congratulations to Dr Brady. Thank you for all you have done for Amity!!
Broshinsky March 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The article doesn't indicate whether the local parents or the 100 signatories were in favor or against this measure. Although this may be a fitting tribute AFTER Dr. Brady leaves the district, this serves only to further inflate his own ego while in office. The article does not elaborate on just what involvement Dr. Brady had to circumvent the process to "put his name in lights". This move also shows just how much the Amity BOE or those voting for this measure are in Dr. Brady's pocket. Is there no humility?
Katie March 13, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Would somebondy please tell me 5 things that Brady has championed for Amity to deserve this honor over others who have contributed much more to this school district.
I QUIT March 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
@Katie - Budget - Higher standards for students and teachers - Higher CAPT Testing Scores - New Graduation Requirements - Capital building and grounds improvements - Restoring funding to the arts - An innovative way to approach the use of technology in the class room.
Greg March 13, 2012 at 09:06 PM
A previous article noted that the petition being circulated was in favor of the honor. And that it would be presented at the meeting.
Greg March 13, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Well said Mr. Ziman
Barbara T. March 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Their was one left out. This was all done at the tax payers expense.
Katie March 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Well said Barbara T
Tom K March 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I have no problem with the naming of the Amity auditorium - except that it should be well-deserved, and named only once - not renamed when someone more qualified retires. While Dr. Brady may have done an acceptable job as superintendent, he was by no means exceptional. That is fine. He did his job and he was compensated. Throw him a party and give him a plaque or something. Naming the auditorium after him is unnecessary and it precludes it from being named after someone else who is more deserved - someone who was dedicated, inspirational, an agent of change for improvement, and made personal sacrifice. People with those qualities are few and far between. Dr. Brady is not one of those people. Yes, Cory, he did some good things that is true, but nothing deserved of that honor. If we start naming buildings after every Tom, Dick, and Harry will run out of buildings to name very soon. Maybe they can name the flagpole or the parking lot after him?
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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