Jul 28, 2014

UPDATED: School Board to Discuss Kidd's 'Performance' in Private Meeting

The Board of Education appears poised to discuss the "performance" of embattled Board of Education member Merrill Kidd in a private meeting Wednesday.

UPDATED: School Board to Discuss Kidd's 'Performance' in Private Meeting

Updated, Oct. 9, 1:28 p.m.

It appears as though the Board of Education will not be discussing Merrill Kidd's "performance" as part of a confidential executive session on Wednesday. 

The Board of Education released a new agenda Tuesday afternoon that did not contain the executive session related to Kidd prior to the meeting. No explanation was provided as to why the item was removed from the agenda. 

Original Story

A curious item appears on the agenda of the Board of Education's Wednesday meeting, which an embattled member of the school board says pertains to her.

Prior to the start of the meeting, which will be held in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room at 494 Main St., the Board of Education will conduct a private executive session scheduled for 6 p.m. to hold a "discussion regarding the performance of a board member." 

Board of Education Chairman Chris Pattacini could not be reached for comment about the issue Monday, but Merrill Kidd, a school board member who has seen her fair share of controversy over the last several months, told Patch that the meeting pertains to her, and that she wants the meeting to be held in public instead and intends to retain an attorney. 

Kidd, an unaffiliated member of the school board, caused controversy earlier this year when she sent a series of unwanted emails and Facebook messages to Kelly Luxenberg, a Democratic member of the school board. When the Board of Education reviewed its policies earlier this year to see if it was possible to discipline or censure Kidd, they were told by the town attorney that no such disciplinary provisions for Board of Education members existed under the school board's bylaws, so they revised those bylaws to include such provisions for the future. 

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It was unclear Monday why the Board of Education was electing to hold the executive session to discuss Kidd's performance. Since the matter pertains to her, Kidd does have the option of requesting that the meeting be held in public. 

The full agenda of Wednesday's Board of Education meeting is attached to this article as a PDF. 

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