Under his leadership as school board president, Nick Fiani said Brighton Area Schools board meetings have been short, calm and efficient.
Others, however, said the 26-year-old Fiani has been brash, disrespectful and is only using the school board as a steppingstone for higher political office. They also don’t like him requesting a police officer to be present at board meetings to prevent disorderly behavior, and they want him gone.
Retired Brighton teacher Millie Quinn told Fiani at the Board of Education meeting Monday that he needed to resign or she would start a recall. Quinn is a former president of the Brighton Education Association, the teachers’ union.
Jo Hurshe, a retired Brighton paraprofessional, also wants to see Fiani gone.
She said Fiani is using the school board as a steppingstone and is “stirring the pot to get some name recognition.” Fiani is a candidate for state representative in the 42nd House District.
“I think he lacks the maturity to understand what he’s really doing,” Hurshe said.
“I think he has a very adversarial tone,” she said. “In my opinion, it’s very immature.”
You're going to start a recall due to an MEA temper tantrum? This stuff is why the MEA leadership is disliked so much. Bullying. Intimidation. Political hit pieces, like the mailing against John Conely. Lawbreaking. There are many good teachers out there, but the leaders the union picks are among the the worst of all unions. That's bad company.
The MEA loves recalls. They were the ones pushing the recalls in the past, and got Paul Scott's scalp after Paul had some unrelated unforced errors. However, Paul Scott was replaced by Joe Graves, another Republican. In addition, redistricting wasn't kind to Scott to begin with as it gave him a democrat district based in Burton. In short, they wasted a ton of taxpayer's money. The good news is that they wasted their own political coffers as well since they lost.
I do support the right for recalls. I don't think they should be judicial questions like many politicians. On the same note, I think BS recalls due to the MEA having a temper tantrum needs to be twarted if they go up for a vote. If you just don't like someone, vote them out at a regular election.
I get tired of Mike Tipton's comments in the papers all the time. Now I could probably get enough signatures to force a recall election in Howell Township, especially as he's twice run for higher office now before even serving 1/2 of a term. Am I going to do that? No. I'll wait until he's up for election in 2016, and then we will send him back to being a private citizen and end his electoral career. While I don't like it, I can live with it for two years and save taxpayer's money.