As expected, the five members of the Bridgeport Board of Education voted last night to elect Kenneth Moales Jr. the new chairman of the board.
Moales is the well-connected insider who not only served as Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign treasurer but was appointed to the illegal Board of Education by the Malloy Administration and then won a seat on the democratically elected board as a member of the Democratic Party slate.
As a member of the Bridgeport Board of Education, Moales has been witness to developments that allowed members of his immediate family to increase their take of public funds to approximately one million dollars a year. (Moales’ mother and sister run publicly funded daycare centers that rent space from Reverend Moales’ church, which, in turn, provides his operation with more than $80,000 in rent)
Following the 5-3 vote to elect Moales as board chair, another board of education member, Sauda Baraka, introduced a motion to censure Moales for what Baraka called “insensitive, disrespectful, disparaging, racist and stereotypical” comments that Moales had made at previous board meetings. Among the comments Moales has made during meetings was a verbal assault on yet another member, a situation in which he said the member was either “on Ritalin or you’re special ed.”
According to a story in today’s CT Post, while the motion to censure was on the floor, Moales said, “Welcome to the new administration…I’d like to make a motion to adjourn. Can I get a second? Welcome to Kenneth Moales Jr.’s administration. The meeting is adjourned, in Jesus’ name have a great night. Welcome to the new revelation.”
At that point all the Democrats, except for former chair Jacqueline Kelleher, walked out of the meeting.
Moales then later returned to the meeting and confronted Sauda Baraka saying, “I assure you, you will regret doing that in front of my wife and kids.”
So now, the Bridgeport Board of Education, and nearly $200 million in state taxpayer funds, are safely under the leadership of the man who was not only appointed by the Malloy Administration and served as Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign treasurer but is also counted as the biggest supporter of Bridgeport’s Acting Superintendent of Schools, Paul Vallas.
And Paul Vallas, well Vallas continues to implement his corporate education reform agenda while working under an illegal contract approved by the same five members who elected Kenneth Moales as the Board Chair.