The controversy between Gloversville Board of Education President Pete Semione and most of the other board members is distracting the board from focusing on important educational issues.
We don't know all the facts surrounding the allegations against Semione. Some members have claimed Semione has bullied them and engaged in other improper conduct.
Regardless of who's right or wrong in this dispute, it's important for the board to move beyond it. If the board doesn't think it can operate with Semione as president, he should step down from his officer's post. In addition, the other board members should drop their legal effort to have Semione thrown off the board, appoint a new president and get back to school district business.
Voters, parents and students care little about who runs the board meetings as president. They care about the school board's decisions regarding policies, programs and budgets.
The parents want their children to have a good education, and the teachers want to provide that education. People have little interest in the politics and power plays on the all-volunteer school board.
We also are concerned the school board plans to spend taxpayer dollars on a law firm to file papers with the state education commissioner in the effort to remove Semione.
The board has scheduled a meeting for tonight to discuss hiring a lawyer at a rate of no more than what the district's attorney charges - $165 per hour.
We hope Semione and the rest of the school board will do what's right for the students, parents and taxpayers of the school district. Don't draw out this issue for months - end it now.