City school board takes vote of 'no confidence' in mayor
MANCHESTER — The Board of School Committee took a vote of “no confidence” in Mayor Ted Gatsas as school board chair Monday night, and approved a motion asking aldermen at their next meeting to reconsider their vote on a three-year contract with city teachers.
The motion also asked Gatsas to recuse himself from taking part in that vote and any potential veto action, due to a conflict of interest in his role as school board chairman and mayor of the city.
The motion for a vote of no confidence, made by John Avard and supported by Katie Desrochers, passed on a 10-2 vote.
The motion was supported by Avard, Desrochers, Theo Groh, Amy Bradley, Nancy Tessier, Sarah Ambrogi, Connie Van Houten, Art Beaudry, Erika Connors, and Kathy Staub. Opposed were Ted Rokas and Debra Gagnon Langton. Ross Terrio was absent.
The motion asking the aldermen to reconsider their vote also passed 10-2, with the same 10 members supporting the measure.
Prior to the meeting, over 100 city teachers, dressed in red and holding signs saying “Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract” and “#Veto Gatsas” rallied outside City Hall.