Norwich School Board still divided over 7th member

NORWICH – Despite the current “even” number of members, the Norwich City School board managed to pass all but one motion at its August meeting – the notable exception being how to fill the board’s vacant seventh seat.

The slot remains vacant despite the presence of several individuals willing to take on the position, public entreaties, a petition, a motion by a standing board member and a letter from DCMO BOCES Superintendent Alan Pole. The position opened in June with the resignation of longtime board member William Winans.

“I encourage any appointment of a seventh board member to be decided by a fair and democratic public election,” said Norwich High School staff member Lorry Chwazik during the period of public comment at the board of education meeting Tuesday.

Following Chwazik’s statement, several individuals indicated their willingness to take on the role, including Norwich resident Perry Owen and former school board member Clyde Birch.

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