NCSD Board President returns to the fold following last month’s resignation

NORWICH – Following the March meeting of the Norwich City School District Board of Education that led to the acceptance of one board member’s resignation and the tabling of two others, the NCSD board met again Tuesday for its regular monthly board meeting during which members addressed some of the issues facing the board for the remainder of school year.

The NCSD board was met with one vacancy and two pending vacancies at the end of a board meeting held March 28, when members accepted an anticipated letter of resignation from former board member Joseph McBride and subsequently voted to table two unexpected resignations from Board Vice President Linda Horovitz and Board President Heather Fredenburg. Tabling those two resignations afforded Horovitz and Fredenburg the opportunity to reclaim their seats on the board before their terms officially end, should they so choose.

Fredenburg did rejoin the board Tuesday night, resuming her role in the president’s chair for the remainder of her term, which ends June 30. Horovitz, however, declined, holding to her allegations that the school board violated open meeting rules and procedures during a February board meeting when members entered an executive session that resulted in the renewal of school Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan’s contract - an action Horovitz said should have been on the meeting agenda. Fredenburg was not present at that meeting, and action should not have been taken as per school board governance regulations, she added.

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