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Board of Education Special Meeting-12/21, 6:30 PM

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Board of Education Special Meeting
Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 PM
Board of Education, East Broadway

The Board of Education will meet Thursday to consider potential action on Superintendent Uyi Osunde following his arrest on November 25th on a misdemeanor charge related to a domestic incident.

According to court records, Dr. Osunde was charged with second-degree breach of peace in New Haven about 8:30 p.m. on November 25th.  Osunde, who is free on $2,000 bond, appeared in state Superior Court on November 27th , where a judge issued a protective order. He is scheduled to appear in court again January 10th.

According to New Haven Police Sgt. Cherelle Carr, the incident that prompted the arrest was characterized as a domestic dispute at a local residence to which officers were dispatched about 6:43 p.m. November 25th.

An attorney representing Osunde, Raymond Hassett, said the charge was connected to “marital issues and difficulties” that led to Osunde’s filing for divorce last week. Hassett denied the allegations, “He’s being completely transparent with the Board of Education and he’s just asking for people to give him some privacy,” Hassett said.

Board of Education Chair Michael Henrick said he called a special meeting of the school board for Thursday night once he heard about Osunde’s arrest.  “The board takes this very seriously,” Henrick said. “That’s why we called this meeting so quickly on Thursday. We will vet the details and make a decision based on the facts.”

Thursday’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the school district’s central offices on East Broadway, Henrick said. The meeting will be called in public, then go into an executive session, but Osunde could decide to have it in public session, per the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

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