The Cooperstown Crier reported March 22, 2012, that a member of the community had spoken up at the board’s monthly meeting to request that Webster’s seat be declared vacant in compliance with Education Law 2109. The board did not take any action at that time. The New York law states that a board of education seat is considered vacant if a member misses three consecutive meetings without explanation.
Webster disputed that his absences were unexplained, saying that he has been very clear with his fellow members in the past about his attendance issues.
“I had two surgeries in that time; my wife had a surgery; we had a baby,” he said. “I have a very demanding job. You would think that the board would understand that, given that another board member has a (family member) who also runs a dairy farm, but there is not a lot of understanding on this board.”
Some of the other board members expressed frustration at Webster’s absences during Thursday’s meeting.
“We all have jobs and children and very busy lives,” Lusk said. “You talk about having a baby. I gave birth, and I was back at the next board meeting. I work very hard to attend meetings, and I feel like the rest of us do too.”