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J-E residents call for April vote to let public's voice be heard

155 residents have petitioned the Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education to hold a special meeting April 26 that would allow residents to vote on four propositions, among them a vote of "no confidence."

"We're hoping that these four propositions will be put on the ballot so the public can vote one way or the other ... we want the public to voice their opinion," said Fred Weisskopf, who, along with other members of the JE District Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, submitted the petition to the district this morning.

Weisskopf, a trustee for the village of Elbridge, said he helped file the petition "as a taxpayer and a resident of the town and the village, not as a trustee."

Weisskopf resigned from a part-time clerk position at J-E in September, citing uncomfortable work conditions and his allegiance to suspended Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance William Hamilton and fired district Treasurer Anthony Scro.

The propositions reads as follows:

Proposition 1: No Confidence. As a resident of the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, I do not consider the current board of education to be capable of making competent decisions on behalf of the district. I have no confidence in the 2010-11 board of education. Yes/No.

Proposition 2: Appointment of the next superintendent of schools. As a resident of the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, I do not believe that the current board of education is capable of selecting the district's next superintendent of schools in a manner that is in the best interest of the district. I want the 2010-11 board of education to be prohibited from appointing and/or hiring the district's next superintendent of schools or interim superintendent of schools. Yes/No.

Proposition 3: Retract decision to appeal decision in Scro vs. BOE. As a resident of the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, I want the 2010-11 board of education to immediately retract its Feb. 2 resolution to appeal the decision made by state Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood in the case of Scro vs. BOE. Yes/No.

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