After the meeting, Ballard said he has no idea if anyone on the school board will initiate action to censure Stolz.
He said no board members have talked to him about taking any disciplinary action against Stolz, adding they will have to make a motion if they feel such action is necessary.
The board president said the issue is very difficult— “personal liberties and free speech and all kinds of other things are mixed up in this.”
Ballard warned: “By injecting itself into the matter, the board could expose itself to legal liability. It has to be approached very, very carefully.”
The Stolz issue also is hard for the board to address “because it is not directly attributable to his board service,” said Ballard. He added the board never adopted a policy to address such an issue, because no one imagined it would ever come up.
Ballard’s memorandum, which he gave to reporters after the meeting, states Robert’s Rules of Order “has procedures to discipline members that engage in conduct that is injurious to the organization or its purposes.”
Ballard said his understanding is Robert’s Rules prohibits him, as board president, from censuring Stolz or even introducing a motion to do so. The memo states “only the governing body itself can officially censure a member. A motion to censure is required, with a second.” It also states the member being censured may come to his own defense during the debate but cannot vote on the motion.
Second time Stolz told to resign
This is the second time this year that parents have demanded Stolz resign from the school board.
In March, East Penn resident Lou Schuler said Stolz should resign over a controversial posting on Twitter.
When another man tweeted: “There is nothing more brain rotting than public schools. God, I pity the proletariat for having to send their inferior (children) to them.”
Stolz replied on Twitter by writing: “As a school board director, I wish I could disagree. As a sentient being, I cannot.”