Hayes Center school board deadlocked on recall vote
HAYES CENTER, Nebraska -- The Hayes Center, Nebraska, board of education hit a brick wall Monday evening when its members tried to schedule a recall election of one of its board members.
Four tie votes left the board with no date for an election to recall board member Randy Richter, and petition circulators with questions about what to do next.
The Hayes Center Times-Republican newspaper reports that the board tied 3-3 four times after board member Marian Richards made four motions and Kevin Large seconded each to schedule recall elections on March 2, March 9, March 16 or March 23.
Each of the four votes failed, with the same voting tally -- voting yes, Marian Richards, Kevin Large and Joe Anderjaska; voting no, Kris Kressin, Randy Richter and Bob Rosno -- according to the Times-Republican.
Petition carriers needed 77 valid signatures to ask for the recall of Richter. The Hayes County clerk verified 114 valid signatures gathered by the primary petition carrier, Larry Brott, and others authorized to carry the petition, Connie Brott, Bill Tidyman and Ben Maucher.
The petition, dated Jan. 4, calls for the recall of Richter because his "personal agenda and actions of disrespect to board members, staff and patrons are generating enormous legal fees leaving our district liable for further litigations and undermining administration and staff."
Petition circulators also contend that a meeting was held against board policy and with a teacher in attendance to discuss administration at Richter's home.
Richter's "statement of defense" reads: "I firmly believe the board is responsible to ALL community concerns and needs of ALL its students. Committee meetings with only three board members present are legal. Non-board members, including elementary teachers, are welcome to committee meetings. Information concerning legal fees, including patrons who generate the need for legal advice, is available for review."
Connie Brott said this morning that they are contacting attorneys and the Nebraska attorney general's office to determine their options following the board's action, whether they file the petitions with the Hayes County district court.