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Liverpool: Board member explains resignation

Ed Roesch's Sept. 10 resignation from the school board is in consequence of personal "frustration" due to an increasing overall "lack of communication" between administration and the board, and failure to fulfill "the public's right to know."

"It [resigning] was not a decision that was made lightly," Roesch said. "I set goals. Some were met. Some were not. The last several months were very frustrating. I felt I was not being as effective as I wanted."

As an example, Roesch referred to the recent emergency meeting called by Superintendent Jan Matousek regarding the conditions of the high school stadium. On Thursday Sept. 28, Matousek called for a meeting early Friday morning Sept. 29 to close the high school stadium facility.

While board members did not agree to close the stadium, Roesch said he questioned whether the public notice requirement called for in the Opening Meetings Law was met.

"How many people from the public did the superintendent think were going to be able to show up on such short notice for such an important topic?" Roesch said. "Maybe that was the design, who knows?"

This coming weekend is the homecoming weekend with a football game against Cicero-North Syracuse.

"That the conditions of the facility were brought to the superintendent's attention for the past two years," Roesch said. "The conditions of that facility have not changed since the spring time. Why all of a sudden would you ruin the homecoming weekend six days before? The board made the right decision in not closing the stadium, and I commend the board for their decision. Now, the committee can look at plans and alternatives for the spring sports and plan accordingly."

Roesch said later that Friday, Matousek sent a message to staff stating the rumors about closing the stadium were false.

"Why would the person who called the meeting to have the facility closed immediately then turn around and tell the staff it was just a rumor? Credibility?"

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