District 95 Summer Reading and Math Program Passes
The Carbondale City Council passed the controversial District 95 summer reading and math program on a 4-3 vote at Tuesday’s meeting. Outgoing Mayor Brad Cole voted for the program, along with council members Steven Haynes, Michael Neill, and Corene McDaniel. Mayor-elect Joel Fritzler opposed the program along with council members Mary Pohlmann and Chris Wissmann. This was the expected outcome.
The citizen’s comments were interrupted by a tornado warning that forced the council and the public to the basement, then cut short when the meeting resumed. That’s probably for the best, as they were beginning to get ugly. There has been a passionate debate around this issue. Both sides have expressed their views. Now the issue is settled and we should move forward.
The council comments featured farewell speeches from Mary Pohlmann, Michael Neill, Joel Fritzler, and Brad Cole. All of them were pretty good. The city posts audio of city council meetings here. They should be available in a few days, and they are worth a listen.
I watched from home on Channel 16 but unfortunately I missed the consent agenda.
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