Baldwin-Whitehall board asked to explain vote

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The leader of a citizens group in Baldwin-Whitehall School District is calling on school directors to convene a special meeting to explain their actions in November, when a majority of the board voted to give a colleague a high-paying administrative job in the district.

“It is in my opinion that the trust between the board and the public is lost,” said parent Lou Rainaldi, one of the organizers of the nonprofit, watchdog group Baldwin-Whitehall Citizens for School Board Excellence.

The school board is next slated to meet on Wednesday, where Mr. Rainaldi hopes at least three members will vote to call the special meeting.

He and hundreds of other residents have been disrupting board meetings recently, demanding to know why a majority of the board on Nov. 19 accepted the resignation of fellow board member Martin Schmotzer, then immediately appointed him to a newly created, $120,000-per-year job, with no public input or discussion.

In the firestorm of publicity that followed, Mr. Schmotzer resigned the job but was sworn into a new, four-year term on the board, further frustrating residents who are calling for his ouster.

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