“I move that we postpone this,” said one trustee at the end of the meeting.
The board was supposed to have elected officers for 2021-22.
“I am uncomfortable with the fact that we have not made a decision,” said current board president Sue Deigaard.
Some believe it speaks to the dysfunction that has long plagued the HISD board, even after different trustees come and go.
"It was a comedy just watching them go back and forth,” said Andy Dewey, Houston Federation of Teachers vice president.
He wondered what a failure to decide a fairly routine matter means for more serious issues facing the state’s largest district.
"The optics are terrible,” Dewey said. "There doesn’t seem to be much of a relationship among them at all. No willingness to compromise.”
Conflicts in the past often boiled over and prompted disruption. But Deigaard called last night’s impasse a good thing.
"We have such a history of real and perceived deal-making by the HISD school board, and I think, for the first time, that didn’t happen,” Deigaard said.
The inaction means no board officers were selected, and the matter was pushed to a hearing next week.
"And I think having one week to think about it will give us an opportunity to maybe push one of you over, you know, by a vote,” said trustee Myrna Guidry.