The vote follows a contentious meeting earlier this month in which the Sheffield members of the school committee had refused to appoint Bruno after interim member Tim Schroepfer had withdrawn his name from consideration.
For a variety of technical reasons, four Sheffield candidates were on the ballot for three seats. But voters were instructed to “vote for not more than two,” and those two with the most support were automatically re-elected.
Earlier in the meeting, there had been other surprises: Sears and Chairperson Bonnie Silvers, both of Sheffield, had been ousted from their leadership positions on the committee. Adding to the committee’s woes was that the vote was taken in open session, but by use of a secret ballot — a clear violation of the state’s Open Meeting Laws.
It does appear that a generational challenge is in the offing for the Nov. 6 elections. A flyer distributed throughout the district refers to a “clean slate for SBRSD school committee” and flatly states that “the candidates support the right of all the towns to have their elementary schools.”