Based on comments made at Monday’s stormy meeting of the Omaha School Board, Freddie Gray has a 50-50 chance of remaining board president.
By Nebraska Watchdog’s count it’s currently 6-4 in favor of Gray with two votes undecided.
It appears the 12 member board will vote on Gray’s future next Monday.
According to published reports in the Omaha World-Herald, Gray and OPS’ attorney apparently withheld information about the sexy emails that led to the resignation of superintendent-to-be Nancy Sebring.
During yesterday’s meeting, before the board voted to name retired Ralston superintendent Virginia Moon as OPS’s interim superintendent, board members spoke one-by-one about Gray’s handling of the Sebring saga.
Gray told the board, “I chose to limit what information was released to board members because of the concern that at some point the board might have to terminate Dr. Sebring’s contract.”
Some board members agreed with Gray’s handling of the issue, some did not (see video below) including board member Sandra Jensen, the board’s former president.
According to Jensen—who issued the most damning comments—she was told by Gray and the board’s attorney that no information about Sebring was being withheld.
“I was told no, I was told absolutely not…I am concerned,” said Jensen.
Some spoke longer than others and when the talking was done the votes, which could be in for a variety of twists and turns before the final tally is taken, looked like this:
For Gray: Bambi Bartek, Marian Fey, Nancy Huston, Mary Morrissey, Barbara Velazquez and Gray.
Against Gray: Kersten Borer, Jensen, Nancy Kratke and Justin Wayne.
Undecided: Mary Ellen Dricke and Shirley Tyree.
Reported by Joe Jordan, email@example.com
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