I guess I didn't hear the part about the board only allowing 15 minutes for public comment. After Williams' passionate statement (read below), another lady spoke that pleaded with the board to work things out with Wise.
Then, Alex Wilson, a 6th grader, approached the microphone. He proceeded to chastise Wise for not looking at him while he spoke, though some in the audience began grumbling about little Alex's strong words directed at Wise. But Alex was right, as he talked, Wise was looking down, even as Alex demanded eye contact. Alex is the little boy who brought the petition signed by his classmates demanding Wise's resignation (read below).
After two other speakers, public comment was called to an end.
The board just agreed that after they vote on the motion on the floor, they will recess. The meeting will continue tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Right now, the board is discussing the motion. They are individually laying out their case for or against terminating Wise. They have unlimited time to speak. After each gets their chance, they will vote.
By the way, the General Counsel's Office has asked the elected board members not to speak publicly about the superintendent's termination, so do not expect to hear anything from them beyond what they say during the meeting.
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