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Gloucester school board grapples with code of ethics

The Gloucester School Board continued to debate its code of ethics at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting held in the T.C. Walker Education Center, resulting in two board members walking out of the meeting and not returning.

Board member Randy Burak made a motion at the meeting to remove board members Darren Post and Carlton Drew from their committee assignments since they did not sign the code of ethics with the rest of the board, which occurred on Jan. 19. His motion included not reinstating them to their committee assignments until they have signed the code of ethics and “actually abide by the code of ethics.”

Post and Drew both expressed apprehension over the last sentence of the code of ethics, which involves taking a concern among individual board members to the whole board in a closed session if the concern cannot be resolved among board members or with involvement of the chair. They stated that this process should not occur in a closed meeting setting.

During last month’s...

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