I happened to be at Nestucca High School for a different meeting on the evening of the school board meeting Oct. 14, so I decided to attend the board meeting as well.
I have attended a few school board meetings and am familiar with Nestucca Valley School Superintendent Connie Kennedy's mannerisms. During the meeting Oct. 14, Mrs. Kennedy portrayed a completely different manner than I have ever seen before. The superintendent I have witnessed in the past is a self-assured, confident, strong person. The person at the Oct. 14 meeting spoke very softly and low and was barely audible to the audience. In fact, Mrs. Kennedy "acted" as though she were a victim, which is what she would have liked the audience to believe.
I believe it was her intention to gain sympathy from the community concerning a complaint that was filed against board member John Bryson.
My opinion is that Mrs. Kennedy is a bad actor! It was quite clear who the audience sympathized with when they rallied for Mr. Bryson, who is an upstanding, well-respected member of the community. Mrs. Kennedy's allegations against Mr. Bryson are outrageous and unbelievable.
In addition, at the beginning of the meeting, the president of the board, Mike Sears, explained to Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Bryson that they were not to go into detail about the complaint. Mr. Bryson opted to appoint fellow board member Diane Boisa to speak on his behalf. Mrs. Boisa spoke about Mr. Bryson's character and contributions to the community, but was interrupted twice by Mike Sears, saying she was straying from the intended subject. It was not clear what the intended subject was, if there wasn't anything allowed to be said about the complaint.
When Mrs. Kennedy spoke, she went straight into the details surrounding the reason she filed the complaint. Sears neglected to stop Mrs. Kennedy from talking about the subject that was off-limits.
John Bryson listened for a while, until it became clear that the meeting was biased against him, and then stood up to declare to Mr. Sears that things weren't being conducted fairly. He then excused himself from the meeting.
When Mr. Bryson left, he handed a document to Diane Boisa to read. It was his letter of resignation. This was a blow to the audience, which was left dumbfounded by what they had witnessed.
But I'm sure they and the rest of the community who stand behind John Bryson will find their voices. Starting with this letter.