Board President Theresa Dunaway said the board first needed to discuss its thoughts on a possible policy. Board member Corine Doll said she felt unsafe by the intrusion.
A few minutes later, Tipp City police officers were at the door, asking it everything was OK. They were assured it was and left. “If you guys are OK, we’ll get out of your meeting,” an officer can be heard saying off camera.
Debate on the library trustee appointments had intensified the last few weeks following board of education discussions this fall about what role it should play in trustee appointments and suggestions that up to three members were interested in the board taking over appointments. Some library supporters said they feared that board of education selection might at some point affect selection of library materials.
That discussion led to letters to the board, Facebook exchanges and the protest of the board possibly taking a larger role in the library trustee selection.
In the end, the board of education Tuesday discussed a written policy that would have both the board and library trustees advertise for trustee applicants; a committee of library trustees and two board of education members, if the board chose, interview applicants; and the seven library trustees recommend to the board of education names for appointment. The board of education previously was not involved in advertising for trustee seats or candidate interviews.
Similar procedure had been followed for decades before the process was questioned this fall by some newer board of education members who said they were not aware the board approved appointments and questioned why they hadn’t been approached for approval recently.
Linda Parsons, library board president, eventually discussed the appointment process Tuesday night with the board along with fellow library trustee Bill Wendel.
“It appears that the school board is willing to work with us on future library trustee appointments. I am satisfied with this result,” Parsons said Wednesday.
Heather Bailey, a school district resident involved in organizing the opposition, Wednesday thanked those who spoke out in support of the library trustees.
“The BOE’s time and legal fees spent on hashing out their obligation to the library could have all been avoided if they had just picked up the phone and talked to the library in the first place,” Bailey said.
The board this fall held contentious meetings on who should contact district lawyers and when. Some of the calls involved in those arguments were about the library trustees and the board’s responsibilities and role.
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