The Delaware State Board of Education is a seven member public body appointed by the Governor of Delaware. But one of their members has been taken off the list of active members. Jorge Melendez is no longer a State Board of Education members. I went back and listened to the past few State Board of Education audio recordings. Mr. Melendez was not on the roll call for their October 13th meeting. I did not hear any announcement reflecting his resignation from the State Board, but I do contend I could have missed something.
The Delaware Senate held confirmation hearings on October 13th, the same day as the last State Board of Education meeting. There were a handful of Senate nominations that day but the General Assembly website does not reflect what those nominations were for. I did send an email to State Board of Education Executive Director Donna Johnson for clarification on this at the time of this writing. I will update this article if I hear back from her.
By Delaware state law, the State Board of Education must consist of seven members.
At last week’s Delaware State Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously voted their newest member, Nina Lou Bunting, as the Vice-President.
Bunting was a teacher for four decades and served on the Indian River Board of Education for thirteen years. She resigned prior to her Governor Markell appointed position on the State Board of Education last year. Out of all the State Board of Education appointees, I find Bunting to be the most experienced when it comes to what really goes on in the classroom. As an advocate for special needs children, she also served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens.
In an article from the Sussex Post last year when Bunting resigned from the Indian River Board, she listed these are her priorities:
As a state board of education member Ms. Bunting’s prioritized list includes: preparing students to be career-ready; increased focus/emphasis on children with special needs; more training so all teachers can work with all students including those with special needs; and more citizenship education, particularly civics.
The current President of the State Board of Education, Dr. Teri Quinn Gray, was appointed as President of the State Board by Governor Markell. Only the Governor can pick the President under current Delaware state code.