Oct 27, 2016 2:18 PM
WAKEFIELD — The last Wakefield School Board's meeting was like no other.
During the board's September 21 meeting conflicts erupted, and a camerawoman lost her job.
Priscilla Colbath has videotaped school board meetings for the last four years - the first three as a volunteer and the last year as a paid videographer for ClearView Community TV - Wakefield's public access television station, according to the Salmon Press.
The Acting Chair Bonnie Cyr can be heard raising her voice back and forth with Relf Fogg, a school board member, when he made a complaint to Cyr. The conversation got very heated and Cyr can be heard yelling "this meeting is abolished!" The meeting ended and camera went off.
While the camera was off - which reportedly lasted 12 minutes - the argument apparently continued until Cyr called the police to restore order. The continued arguments were not caught on camera since Colbath turned off the camera for the length of the recess.
Following the erratic meeting, an string of emails were exchanged with ClearView President Jim Miller, where Miller allegedly told Colbath to turn in her equipment. He allegedly reminded her that unnecessary footage can always be edited, but pointed out that they could not show something that was not recorded, according to the Salmon Press.
Colbath emailed Miller back saying, "All I have to do is resign and save you the trouble of having to deal with Fogg's accusations." He then allegedly emailed back immediately implementing a new person to record all school board meetings.
Fogg was upset that the argument was not recorded and believes that it should have been. He argued that no good comes from the camera being turned off and filed a complaint to the Board of Selectmen.
A Board of Selectmen meeting was conducted on Oct. 12 to discuss the further issues.
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