GLENWOOD | The Brookwood 167 board voted to suspend all school board committee assignments for 60 days at its monthly meeting Monday.
The controversial measure, which passed 6-1, brought out more residents than the boardroom had chairs or the administration building parking lot had spaces. Some were there to show support for the move while others said it was a tactic designed to delay movement on the building of a new middle school.
"I was at the committee (meeting) for the new Brookwood school. There's a timeline in place and if you put that on hold for 60 days, that is going to push the timeline back," resident Karen Lindquist told the board. "We are trying to help bring you information, so stopping that doesn't make any sense."
Vice President John Dixon said that with three newly elected board members, it was the appropriate time to reorganize all school board committees.
"We're not singling out one committee," Dixon said. "It's not like we're threatening the Brookwood middle school committee."
Melinda Platt was the only board member to vote against the action.
"These committees are instrumental in getting things done," Platt said. "We're setting a precedent to say that we're going to delay the function of the committee. For what reason?"
Voters passed a referendum in November to raise $15.8 million for a new school with nearly 70 percent approval. Superintendent Pamela Hollich said Monday night that the school will not be ready until spring of 2016 at the earliest and ground will not be broken until at least spring of 2014.
Resident Larry Williams urged the board to do its due dilligence before taking any action, even if that meant suspending the committees.
"You've given yourselves the opportunity to review. You may want to tweak some things and other things you may not," Williams said. "I think that the 60 days that you're requesting is reasonable. You're not shooting from the hip."