Friday, August 11, 2006

Superintendent Purcell Fights Back

This morning Dr. Purcell filed a motion in court for a temporary restraining order to prevent the 1:30 p.m. BOE meeting from going forth. It was clear that the BOE had intended to fire her if the parties didn't come to a settlement agreement. They'd met yesterday for nearly four hours and failed to find common ground.

The BOE meeting room was packed with mostly Purcell supporters, media, local politicians, and curious on-lookers like me. All seven BOE members were present but Dr. Purcell wasn't.

Emotions were mostly kept in check with the exception of the little lady, obviously old and sickly, who stood up and insisted on asking whether there was going to be any public discussion allowed. The chairman, Dave Borden, kept trying to tell her no that public discussion would not be allowed and that if she persisted security would be called to escort her out. BOE member Beverly Ross, a vocal supporter of Dr. Purcell, got up and went over to the distraught woman and with a hug, convinced her to sit down.

The chairman explained that the judge wanted the BOE back at the courthouse and they voted to recess. Stay tuned.

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