NORWALK, Conn. – A requested transfer of funds to cover Norwalk Board of Education legal expenses was tabled Tuesday night without comment, although previous transfer requests have been met with much debate.
A transfer of $53,500 from the unemployment compensation fund, which members said has been treated as an emergency fund this year, to the superintendent’s legal fees was on the agenda. A transfer of $20,000 from the special education legal fund to the superintendent’s legal fees also was on the agenda.
Former BOE member Shirley Mosby criticized that during the public speaking portion of the meeting.
“I’m concerned with the transferring of funds from special ed and other programs and putting it into a legal fund for the superintendent because here we go again,” she said. “We keep taking from different programs and services, and we keep sticking it into legal.”
Mosby hadn’t signed up to speak but said she was offended when BOE Vice Chairman Artie Kassimis told her father, John Mosby, to keep his remarks to three minutes, although he was the only speaker.
It is the third proposed transfer from the unemployment fund to the legal fund. In April $20,000 was transferred and in March $45,000 was transferred.
Negotiations and Personnel Committee Chairwoman Sue Haynie took sharp criticism for cost overruns at the April meeting. The board voted to give interim Superintendent Tony Daddona sole discretion over legal expenditures for the rest of the fiscal year.
There was no board discussion on the legal fee transfer this time.
Lyons said it was tabled to enable the board to keep matters confidential.
“Some members wanted to see the actual invoices before voting on the transfers,” he said in an email. “Tony (Daddona) and Elio (Longo) pointed out that the invoices include quite a lot of confidential information in them (e.g., references to confidential personnel matters), and should only be discussed in executive session. So we’ll have an executive session on June 18 to review the particulars of the invoices, followed by an open session discussion and vote on the transfers.”
All members voted in favor of tabling the matter except Rosa Murray, who abstained.
Shirley Mosby has announced an intention to run for the board this fall, but said after the meeting that was pending approval at the Democratic convention.