Pirozzolo said that according to district laws, Sheppard will continue to serve as president until the place is officially voted on. He said the next meeting will start with the leadership decisions.
Phillips became a board member in 2018 and is an employee of the New York State United Teachers Union. He stepped down as chairman of the Cayuga County Democratic Committee last month after holding the post for more than six years.
“I am running for the presidency because I think we are facing a very difficult year, but also full of opportunities,” he said.
Phillips acknowledged the difficulties faced by students, teachers and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and said they were “overwhelmed by the burden placed on them without their being responsible.”
“It’s easy to point fingers at other people, ‘Someone should do something’, to blame it when things don’t go their way, but our opportunity is to come together, building on the strengths of our students, our staff, parents and the community and merge them for the benefit of all of us, ”he said.
He also spoke about some changes he would like to discuss and implement with the board, including “making sure we have agendas and presentations to the board at least a week in advance” so that members can have more fruitful conversations when the board meets and create a communications committee and a negotiations committee.