Palm Beach County School Board Public Comment Section Could Last 15 Hours
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — BocaNewsNow.com has learned that more than 500 speakers have left messages regarding the rehiring of Spanish River High School Principal William Latson. Each of those messages will be played publicly once the meeting starts Wednesday afternoon. Playing the messages could take as long as 15 hours.
Latson gained national attention when he was fired last year for telling a parent that it wasn’t for him to say — as a school district employee — whether the Holocaust happened or not.
Latson fought the firing and won a partial victory when an administrative law judge told the Palm Beach County School District that it went too far with his dismissal. Fearing a lawsuit could cost the school district more than Latson’s $160,000 salary, the School Board voted to rehire Latson during its last meeting. His assignment was expected to be in a non-school role.
But that led to what is becoming a national outcry — BocaNewsNow.com has been contacted by several Jewish organizations preparing large scale protests. The school board is set to reconsider that hiring in its meeting tonight.
Here’s the official agenda item submitted by School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri, Jr.
“I recommend the Board rescind the vote that was taken at the October 7, 2020 Special Meeting on Agenda Item COS1 “Adoption of Final Order – Palm Beach County School Board v. William Latson.” In the event the Board affirmatively votes to rescind its prior approval of Agenda Item COS1, the Board shall discuss changes to the Administrative Law Judge’s Recommended Order that it wishes to be incorporated into a new Final Order and vote on a date and time to consider and adopt it.”
The School Board meeting starts at 5 p.m. You can watch it live here. Public comments are often shifted to accommodate time-senistive matters that must be addressed by the Board, so it’s unclear what time the public comment session will start. It is completely possible that this meeting will continue through Thursday morning.
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