STOW: Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools Board of Education members and administrators voted Monday to authenticate a correction to archived meeting minutes, correcting a wording error that led to a lawsuit against the board and the district treasurer.
Board member Rod Armstrong filed a legal complaint against the rest of the board and Treasurer Catherine Bulgrin in August, alleging that the board had held an illegal executive session Aug. 13. Bulgrin released an official announcement Monday stating that the allegation pertained to a clerical error in the minutes that omitted the official decision to hold executive session.
“The board's minutes are prepared in draft until voted on by the board,” Bulgrin's notice read. “Typically, if there were a factual inaccuracy in the minutes, a board member would contact me prior to the meeting and ask me to check and correct if necessary. As I analyzed the June 11 board-approved minutes for accuracy, I detected a clerical mistake. The resolution to go into executive session action was missing the actual basis for the executive session pursuant to Ohio law...I sincerely apologize for not catching this error prior to [Armstrong's] action at the August 27 meeting, but admit it happened and [his] approval tonight will remedy this error.”
Board members that voted on the issue unanimously approved this correction to the June 11 meeting minutes. Armstrong abstained from voting.
Several members of the community voiced their concerns at Monday's meeting that Armstrong's suit shows a serious lack of professional decorum. Stow resident Molly Emery, a mother of students in the school district, called for Armstrong's resignation.
“I just spoke the truth from my heart,” Emery said. “We want diversity in this community. We want board members who are different, have different thoughts, but there's no reason to turn things as ugly as they've turned. With a suit against the board, [Armstrong has] lost his ability to communicate with the board. Once he did do that, he realized the school had done everything right. He's a bully. It's not right.”
Bulgrin and Board President Karen Powers offered no comment on the current state of the litigation facing the board.