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Cobb School Board Delays Censure Talks

A proposal to take action against newly re-elected member David Banks will resume in September.

The Cobb Board of Education was supposed to discuss a possible censure measure against one of its own members on Wednesday, but that move has been postponed.

Board member Kathleen Angelucci, who last month , asked for the delay so the full board could take up the matter. 

Fellow board member Lynnda Eagle was absent from Wednesday's regular work session. A discussion of the options facing the board has been put on the agenda of its Sept. 12 work session.

"If this board does vote to proceed" with a motion to censure, Cobb school board attorney Clem Doyle said during the meeting, "I would recommend that it be confined to the issue at hand, in order to be fair to all."

Angelucci, who represents Post 4 (the Kell, Sprayberry and North Cobb high school districts), wants to censure Banks for what she claims is a range of unethical behavior stemming largely from his recent re-election campaign. 

Banks barely won for the Post 5 seat in East and Northeast Cobb (Wheeler, Pope and Lassiter high school districts) without a runoff. There is no Democratic opponent in November, so Banks will begin serving a second four-year term in January.

In her accusation, Angelucci said he improperly contacted school officials at Lassiter to inquire about school-related activities there involving Lisa Hanson, one of his political opponents. Her daughter is a Lassiter student, and Hanson lashed out at Banks, alleging he violated her privacy

Angelucci also said in her initial complaint that Banks violates board policies by showing up at schools unannounced and attending staff meetings. 

Banks, who was silent on the subject during Wednesday's work session, has called Angelucci's claims "a bunch of garbage."

But he admitted in his own e-newsletter in early July that he spoke with Lassiter officials about Hanson.

The unprecedented action by Angelucci presents a variety of possible scenarios for the school board to consider, depending on the nature of her motion. 

Doyle said a request to hold a hearing to consider formally censuring a fellow board member would require a two-thirds majority, or five of the seven board members. 

That's one reason he said such a move would be "extremely rare. This is pioneering territory." 

Kim Montalbano August 09, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Angelucci is intimidated by Banks because he is visible, transparent, and approachable to the community he serves. I have never seen a more supportive board member to sit on the CCSD BOE. The only reason there is talk of censure is because Mr. Banks speaks out and voices his opinions and discusses board issues very openly. I think it is refreshing!
Stephen Carlin August 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
No there is talk of censure because Banks blatantly broke the board policies and rules. During the campaign he acted, as he has for the last four years, like a spoiled child; whining when he doesn't get his way (i.e. the school calendar) and thinking the rules don't apply to him.
Kim Montalbano August 09, 2012 at 11:32 PM
We'll let the election and his recent win represent how people feel about him.
Jack S August 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Can I ask what cool-aide you are drinking? transparent? Nothing about Banks is transparent unless you call him acting as the Board secretary and reporting board activity in his "personal news letter". His censure has nothing to do with his transparency, but about him constant violating Cobb County Board of Education's Code of ethics: Every time he brought up his failed calendar or publicly accused fellow board members of collusion and unsubstantiated secrete meetings, he was breaking the rules. Add, visiting schools unannounced and talking with administrators, and you have a man that needs to go. By the way Kim, 50.04% of the vote is not a landslide. Banks won by a very close margin. Had the third candidate not been in the race, there would likely be a run off. Further, when name recognition drives more voters than the issues, had Lisa Hanson's signs not been stolen/destroyed day's before the election (leaving nearby Banks signs), I'm betting we wouldn't even be discussing censure because Banks would be out.
Frank August 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM
So Kim: Do you endorse Banks' behavior or conveniently choose to look the other way? Seems like you're okay with ethics violations, maybe even supportive. Lowering the bar and supporting this type of behavior is unconscionable.

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