As a special commission closes in on its deadline for proposing changes to the city’s foundational laws, a subcommittee has voted to recommend the city switch to a partially elected Board of Ed with seats set aside for students.
Melissa Mason (pictured), “facilitator” for the Charter Revision Commission’s Working Group A, shared that information Wednesday night.
She stressed that the proposal is preliminary. She said fuller details will emerge at a meeting Thursday night in City Hall.
Mason heads one of three sub-groups of the Charter Revision Commission, the special body formed to scrutinize New Haven’s city charter and recommend revisions. Click here for more on the commission.
The charter lays out the basic legal facts about New Haven: its departments, the powers and duties of the mayor and the Board of Aldermen, the number of wards, etc. The city is required by law to revisit the charter every 10 years.
The Charter Revision Commission’s three five-member working groups have been considering recommended changes. Among these, the idea of altering the structure of the school board has gained the most interest. Mason’s working group has been pondering the relative merits of an elected Board of Ed, versus an appointed one, as the city now has.
Mason said Group A has decided to recommend that the city switch to “hybrid” partially elected Board of Ed, with seats for student representatives. She declined to elaborate on the recommendation, since it is not fully worked out. She said Group A will discuss the details when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in City Hall.
Later this month, the three working groups will reconvene as a full 15-member commission, at which time the commission will hear and vote on the recommendations that emerge from the groups.
Recommendations that find favor with the commission will be put to the Board of Aldermen. Aldermen will decide which suggested charter changes, if any, should be placed on the ballot in November for a referendum by all registered voters.