It appears former State Rep. Liane Sorenson and longstanding State Board member Barbara Rutt have resigned from the Delaware State Board of Education leaving four members left. Delaware Governor John Carney has not put forth any nominations for any replacements of the vacant positions, including that of former State Board President Dr. Dennis Loftus who resigned last month as well.
A quorum for the State Board of Education is four members. If any of the existing members do not show up to a State Board of Education meeting the board could take no action on any item at their meetings. That would mean no regulations, no appeals, nothing. This is who we are left with:
The Delaware General Assembly has one month left for the 149th General Assembly. It actually ends on June 29th since the 30th is on a Saturday. As well, the Delaware Department of Education is on the hunt for an “education associate” to replace former Executive Director Donna Johnson who resigned early last month. The deadline for that application is June 9th.
Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting is the Executive Secretary of the State Board of Education but she is not considered a member of the board and has no voting privileges. This is not good at all for the State Board.