Board member Carl Paladino's beef with Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold is well known. He routinely sends out mass emails criticizing her leadership and has repeatedly submitted motions calling for her removal as board president. The fact that no other member of the board sides with him in his endeavor to have the board leader removed has not deterred him.
His latest legal effort to unseat Nevergold, however, appears rather serious. It is his second petition to State Education Commissioner John King to have Nevergold removed from office and refers to a board policy that seems to indicate that Nevergold, an appointee, was required to run for election in May of this year but didn't.
We last wrote about the tension between Paladino and Nevergold in early October. Paladino's gloves-off approach regarding her presidency sometimes puts the even-tempered Nevergold at a disadvantage, especially when Paladino has no problem talking over her objections.
On Wednesday, Nevergold said after the board meeting that Paladino was a bully who was resorting to cyberbullying and now legal means to take his bullying to "a new level." But Paladino's latest petition may present real trouble for Nevergold if his assertions regarding board policy prove to be true.
Below is his petition to Commissioner King.
-- Sandra Tan