Oregon resident Michael Gavioli says he warned three Oregon City School Board members on May 15 that if they did not resign he would work to remove them from office. About a month and a half later, Board President Richard Gable has stepped down citing health reasons and Gavioli is getting ready to kick off a petition drive to remove the other two, Diana Gadus and Carol Ann Molnar.
On the petition, Gavioli calls the two irresponsible with district money, argues they do not put students first and claims they prevent productivity.
"There has been conflict, all you have to do is look at the board minutes or listen to the meeting audio. It is almost a brawl up there, they have to stop the meeting, go in recess, calm down, come back. What are you going to get accomplished with that?" said Gavioli.
After Monday's board meeting, board member P.J. Kapfhammer seemed to paint a different picture, saying that despite their disagreements in the past, the board is now getting along.
"We're pretty healthy right now. I fell real comfortable going into these meetings," Kapfhammer said Monday. "We have an open line of discussion and everything is going great."
Beyond issues at board meetings, Gavioli says a lack of business experience makes Gadus and Molnar unqualified to run the district.
"They have no business experience; they have no business running a $40M budget," said Gavioli. "In my opinion, they're incompetent."
If Gavioli can collect enough signatures, the case will be presented to either a Lucas County judge or jury to decide the board members' fate. Law requires Gavioli to collect a number of signatures equal to 15 percent of the number of people who voted in the last Gubernatorial election, which Gavioli says is 1,429 in this case.
Gavioli will kick off his petition drive Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sonny Berry's Supper Club in Oregon.
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