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Update: Meridian chamber endorses recall of two West Ada trustees

Meridian Chamber of Commerce says the West Ada School Board’s “egregious behavior” could affect children and harm the vitality of the business community.

In a statement released Thursday morning, the chamber said board problems have “resulted in significant financial increases to the school budget, resignations of key staff, questionable meeting practices and a serious lack of transparency.”

Trustee Carol Sayles defended the district’s budget. “The chamber's statement of ‘significant financial increases to the school budget’ is incorrect,” she said. “We have trimmed and saved expenses for the benefit of the students.”

Some vendors have complained that the district is slow in paying them and that has made it difficult for them to pay employees, Anne Little Roberts, chamber president and CEO, told the Idaho Statesman.

Roberts also said the board would not allow people to speak at board meetings. “In the nine meetings that I attended between July and October we saw over 100 people who wanted to testify and have their voices heard. They were just completely discounted,” she told the Statesman.

Tina Dean, West Ada board chairwoman, and Sayles are the remaining two board members to face recall. Two other board members up for recall — Julie Madsen and Russell Joki — have resigned.

Dean declined comment.

Coming Saturday: In their own words – Tina Dean and Carol Sayles talk about the recall.

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