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LaMotte Proposes Limit to Garcia Presidency

Hillel Aron | January 10, 2013

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What would a monthly school board meeting be without at least one shot across the bow from one board member to another? According to the just-released morning agenda for the Tuesday January 15 meeting (see here), board member Marguerite LaMotte will introduce a resolution limiting the School board President’s term to two consecutive years.

School Board members Marguerite LaMotte and Steve Zimmer, posing after the Superintendent’s State of the Schools speech

Currently, the position of president is chosen by the 7-member school board and voted on every year.

The LaMotte resolution is likely a dig at current President Monica Garcia, who’s in the middle of her sixth consecutive year as president, and running for re-election in the Eastiside’s District 2.  LaMotte and Garcia frequently argue with each other at board meetings.

LaMotte could not be immediately reached for comment, but the resolution language provides at least some of the reasoning: “Traditionally,” it says, “the Board President’s position rotated annually among Board Members, with the vice-president training then ascending to the Board President’s position… Prior to 2007 the average term for the Board President was 1.9 years.”
Check back for more details about Tuesday’s board meeting, the first of 2013.

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