The following statement was read by Chairwoman Vicki Drake before the board voted to fire Wise.
"I have called today's meeting to allow the board members to discuss the superintendent's employment contract, and, if appropriate, to allow the General Counsel's Office to advise us of our rights under the superintendent's employment contract. In order to facilitate this board's mission today, I do not plan to recognize any speakers other than the board members and General Counsel's office."
"Given the events that have occurred since the board members' evaluations of Dr. Wise this past summer, there have been certain actions and escalating events that give me concern about the superintendent's management of the District, as well as his compliance with statutory and contract duties."
"Elements include actions I believe taken by Dr. Wise that may be injurious to the district and therefore impedes our most important goal of fostering student achievement. Other concerns are the proper management of the district's business and affairs, and Dr. Wise failing to appropriately recognize the role of the Board according to the requirements of the law. Accordingly, as chair, I have called this special meeting to review the superintendent's contract. the agenda today is limited to the narrow issue of the superintendent's contract and does not include any other side issues that have recently arisen — because today is not the appropriate time and this isn't the appropriate forum for discussing these other issues with the board."
After she read this statement, Tommy Hazouri made the motion that ultimately led to the 6-1 vote to terminate Wise.