Spokesmen for two local political parties addressed Bartow Schools officials during the Monday board meeting, asking the system to release information to clear up remaining questions and concerns on two recent measures, BartowPolitics.com reports.
During the board's public input session, three people stepped forward to each address two issues—Anna Sullivan's appointment to the District 5 seat and a property tax increase announced along with layoffs, additional furloughs and budget cuts.
After questions on the validity of Sullivan's February appointment following the Dec. 31 resignation of Larry Parker, Elections officials called for a special election during the July 31 primary to fill the District 5 post. Schools officials have disagreed with those who argue Sullivan's appointment was a violation of the board's own policy and the seat should be vacant until the special election.
In addition to documentation of its authority to make a temporary appointment such as Sullivan's, the speakers again asked the school system to release a detailed, itemized budget, Bartow Politics reports. The second such request follows the board's vote to increase the millage rate from 17.90 mills to 19.40 mills, which Superintendent John Harper said will equate to an additional $60 a year on a $100,000 home.
Bartow Politics' full summary is attached to this article.