NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Many attempting to tune in to the online North Salem Central School District Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, were frustrated to find that there was no sound throughout the entire hour-and-a-half meeting.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Superintendent Ken Freeston emailed to say the district was not able to retrieve the audio from the meeting but is expected to post the minutes of the meeting next week.
Parents of Pequanakonck Elementary School students were especially eager to hear the board’s discussion and watch members vote on a proposal to reconvene full in-class learning. Freeston later said the board did not take any action on this topic.
Some parents contacted North Salem News during last week’s meeting to complain about the lack of audio. They asked for anonymity due to concerns of repercussions that could befall their children.
North Salem News attempted to contact all board members and the superintendent during the meeting via email and text but none responded at the time.
Trustee Andrew Pelosi responded the following day, emailing, “That should not have occurred.”
Board President Deb D’Agostino was on vacation and did not attend the Oct. 7 meeting.
One parent told North Salem News she had tuned in to the meeting specifically to hear about the prospect of changing school days for elementary students and was frustrated by the lack of audio.
The North Salem School Board switched to virtual meetings during the pandemic but resumed in-person meetings at the start of the school year. Although up to 20 people may attend the board’s meetings in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, D’Agostino had said previously that the room is typically devoid of attendees.
The district invites the public to submit questions or comments via email at each meeting.