Deputies on hand for political brouhaha at child care meeting west of Delrayby George Bennett | July 12th, 2013
A faction claims the organization — which has former Republican state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff as its executive director — is too focused on politics and legislation in Tallahassee. The faction, which brought about 60 people in matching T-shirts to the meeting, is trying to sway board of directors elections today but so far appears to be getting shut out. The meeting is closed to the press.
“I declare this meeting null and void,” said Bill de la Sierra, owner of a Hialeah preschool and elementary school, after being tossed out of the meeting. Sierra has been heading up efforts to install a new board.
“The organization is more interested in the glitz, the legislative issues, the politics and they have forgotten the members,” de la Sierra said. “The work that this organization was set out to do – which is provide support for the members, whether accreditation or education — has been completely set aside.”
De la Sierra blamed Bogdanoff and FACCM President Daniel Osborne for the steering the organization too far in a political direction.
Osborne, from the All About Kids Learning Center in unincorporated Lake Worth, said de la Sierra and two professional parliamentarians he brought with him were tossed out of the meeting because they were being disruptive.“He was consistently interrupting and disrupting the meeting. I’ve got to keep some semblance of order for respect for the people who are here trying to move forward,” Osborne said.
As for the criticism of FACCM’s political and legislative focus, Osborne said: “The legislature is who sets the standards and the statutes and the law that governs our accreditation and so we opt to influence the top and let the bottom follow. Our legislators make the rules and we try to influence the legislators.”
Osborne said he asked deputies to be on hand because “we knew that there would be this potential disruption.”
Ten of 18 seats on FACCM’s board of directors are up for election today.
FACCM has about 900 members statewide, Osborne said. He said about 80 or 90 are attending today’s meeting, while others voted by mail or proxy. Osborne said proxy votes that de la Sierra attempted to cast were invalid because they didn’t register by a deadline last week. De la Sierra said that deadline violated FACCM’s bylaws.
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