Board chair asks trustees to voice concerns

Board chair Darryl Ganzert took time during a recent regular meeting to inform his peers of their part in proper decorum at the table.

“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.”