New Beginnings calls special meeting; discussion of two top administrators planned

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Two weeks ago, New Beginnings School Foundation board members halted a public meeting after an administrator asked that her job performance be discussed in the open.

Now, the school’s full board has called a special meeting on Thursday. And an executive session discussion of Patricia Ventura’s job performance is on the agenda — as is that of the network’s CEO, Sametta Brown.

Ventura, executive director of support services, on May 23, asked a human resources committee to have its discussion about her in public. When that happened, the committee abruptly adjourned.

A crowd of about 25 was crammed into the boardroom when it happened. Many spoke on behalf of Ventura and her work bringing the network’s schools into compliance with special education laws.

After the committee adjourned, member Carla Major said she wanted to clarify with Ventura what an open meeting would entail.

Thursday’s agenda includes an executive session on “personnel evaluation – CEO/Director of Support Services”, as well as special education, financial and state testing updates.

The board will meet at 5 p.m.


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