Dupont named to NH-S board
Choice made from 13 candidate applications
One of the first orders of business at the Jan. 15 meeting of the New Hope-Solebury School Board, was selecting and appointing a new board member to take Kurt Zander’s vacated seat – Daniel Dupont.
President Joseph Harraka carefully iterated the process that was to be followed before a vote was cast.
He said that 13 candidates had expressed interest, two of whom withdrew, and by polling the board members the number was narrowed to three who would be publicly interviewed at the meeting.
The process of eliminating the rest of the candidates was not explained but those not asked to the interview were thanked for their interest and encouraged to run for future vacancies.
Harraka pointed out that the Sunshine Law prohibits decisions made in private so the chosen three finalists: John Capriotti, Daniel Dupont and Jennifer Gormley, were to be interviewed by the board in public.
Then the public would be allowed to comment and President Harraka asked that questioning be done “in a professional and dignified manner” following which the board would deliberate and then vote, a total of five votes were necessary to approve a candidate.
Capriotti said he has three children enrolled in the district and is involved in Pop Warner football as well as many committees and school activities.
Dupont has children in the schools and is involved in sports and the Solebury Park and Recreation and Solebury Baseball and softball.
Gormley spoke enthusiastically of working with children with learning disabilities and of many areas of involvement with the schools.
Board members asked each the same questions, sequestering the other two outside while speaking to the other and the answers were similar.
After board questioning several members of the public got up to praise Dupont and Gormley as people with whom they had involvement in school activities. No questions were asked and all comments were positive. Following the public comments the board was expected to have some public deliberation.
Instead, Tracy Keyes immediately made a motion that Dupont be appointed and the subsequent vote was unanimous, with an abstention from Jon Adar who was attending by phone.
President Harraka swore in Dupont, asked him to take a seat and the meeting continued.
Solebury resident Melvin Band requested copies of the resumes and questionnaires of the other applicants for the board position.
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