Following a discussion in a closed-door executive session at a special Friday afternoon meeting, the Skaneateles Central School District School Board chose its new member.
The board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Gary Campbell to fill the position left at the beginning of August by Gary Gerst, who resigned for career development reasons. The council later announced it was accepting nominations to replace Gerst, and 13 residents submitted nominations.
After the application deadline in early September, the board went through a screening and interview process facilitated by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES to narrow the field down to three finalists with a plan to make a decision on who to nominate from here. beginning of October.
The board called Friday’s meeting in hopes of having final discussions in a closed-door executive session, citing a section of the open meetings law that allows the board to discuss work history of a named person out of public view.
The Citizen inquired this week with the State Committee on Open Government about the legality of an executive session when the appointment is to fill a vacant elected post, and the committee provided four advisory opinions it drafted citing a 1994 court ruling which ruled that such discussions should publicly be because they are vacant elected positions.