“Point of order.”
School District 20 trustees were reminded to use these words when they want to interrupt a speaker. Board chair Darryl Ganzert took time during a recent regular meeting to inform his peers that each of them has a role in playing proper decorum at the board table.
“There has been some criticism from trustees that as a chair I’m not forceful enough in stopping trustees from saying hurtful things to other trustees and maybe I’m being a bit aggressive at the board table,” he told the Trail Times.
He reminded the board that there are nine members but when a decision is made the group becomes one, and that he can’t always anticipate feelings.
“If you believe I made a wrong ruling, that’s your right as an individual to challenge that ruling, I welcome that,” he continued, “It’s not an insult to me at all.”
“Point of order,” trustee Mark Wilson interrupted. “My reason for calling a point of order is that you gave us a full outline and I appreciate what you did but I think that we’re all adults here and if somebody has feelings that are offended that they should be able to stand up and speak out.”