NORWICH – The four remaining members of the Norwich City School District Board of Education voted to accept one resignation and table two others, including that of the NCSD board president, which were unexpectedly put forward during Thursday night’s board meeting.
Earlier this month, board member Joseph McBride tendered a letter of resignation citing matters that required his attention away from the school board. His resignation comes after nearly two years of service.
Although McBride’s official resignation was no surprise to board members (acceptance of his resignation was on the agenda), the subsequent resignation of board Vice President Linda Horovitz and Board President Heather Fredenburg were, leaving remaining members Thomas Morrone, Luke Murphy, Perry Owen and Joseph Stagliano to regroup.
Horovitz announced her resignation first, incentivized to do so by what she said was a violation of open meeting rules and procedures during February’s school board meeting. During the February meeting, board members entered executive session which subsequently led to the contract renewal of school Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan - an action item that should have been on the agenda, she said. She also claimed that because Fredenburg was not present during February’s meeting, action should not have been taken as per school board governance laws.