Posted July 17, 2012 5:15 PM
Ward 4 Alderman Jim Roy has an agenda on tonight’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen asking the board to place a charter amendment that would make the city’s school district a department of the city on this November’s ballot.
In discussion with Girard at Large, Roy said the school board’s refusal to allow Superintendent Tom Brennan to appear before the aldermen and their vote to keep their health insurance administration separate from the city, costing taxpayers more than $200,000, were the impetus for his proposal
“If the district was a department, then Brennan would be a department head and would have to appear before the board to answer questions,” Roy said. He went on to say that if the district were a department, the benefit issue wouldn’t have been an issue.
When asked why not wait for the outcome of the charter commission, Roy noted that the last attempt to change the charter failed. “We can’t guarantee that the question will pass or that a proposed charter that makes that change will pass. Then what? We’re stuck with this situation for another year. The voters decided this once before and they should have the opportunity to do it again. It might be the only chance we have to avoid another horrific budget process.
Below is the text of Roy’s agenda item and proposed charter amendment: