Indicating just how political divided the Board of Education has become, the group voted 4 to 4 at its Feb. 11 meeting, forcing the matter to go before the Town Board of Commissioners next week to decide.
Voters opted for an elected Board of Education, instead of one appointed by Mayor Felix Roque, by overwhelmingly passing a referendum last November.
On Jan. 28, voters elected two new members expanding the BOE to nine. This shifted the balance of power from a majority of pro-administration to a board equally divided between reform and administration members.
Because Board President Adriane Sires resigned in December, the BOE currently only has eight members.
The April election would include a special election to fill her unexpired term and would fill three of the existing seats.
The move to November, if the commissioners agree next week, is seen as a victory for the pro-administration members, giving them more time to regroup and to map out plans for reelection.
“It’s not a loss for us either,” said Freeholder Chairman Jose Munoz, who is one of the political forces backing the opposition to Roque. “This will give us time as well.”