Framingham School Committee voted 5-1 Thursday night to recommend to Selectmen not to appoint someone to the vacated seat by the resignation of Rick Finlay.
State law calls for the School Committee to notify the Selectmen within 30 days of the resignation. The law states that the remaining School Committee members and members of the Board of Selectmen would appoint an School Committee member until the next election (April 3).
School Committee Chair Beverly Hugo told her fellow committee members, based on advice from several sources, she believes the law is "vague" and that the School Committee could opt not to appoint someone.
In the next few months before the April 3 town election, the School Committee will be preparing and voting on a budget for fiscal year 2012 to present to Town Meeting and hiring a new superintendent of schools to replace Steven Hiersche, who is leaving at the end of his contract in June.
School Committee members debated whether they needed the "seventh man" before the election last night. Framingham Patch was live blogging. You can read the full discussion here.
School Committee member Michael Bower was the lone no vote. He had suggested that there are many "experienced" ex-School Committee members in Framingham who might be willing to serve until April 3, and not be interested in running for the one-year seat in the Town Election.
Bower said it was important to have seven members just in case of a tie vote. (Ties could also be broken by the Town Manager, or current interim Town Manager.)
School Committee member Adam Blumer said if it came down to a 3-3 vote for a new superintendent of schools, perhaps it might be best to hire neither than to try to break a tie.