So after meeting for more than two hours behind closed doors Monday in Room 305 of City Hall, the Bridgeport BOE failed to come to a consensus on a new facilities director. Two candidates, neither local _ but officials didn’t exactly where they live _ were interviewed by five members of the nine-member school board. After the second candidate left, Board President Maximino Medina Jr. came out to tell the handful of people waiting in the hallway that no decision would be reached that evening. Its well known that more than one member of the board has a hard time with having a facilities director live outside the immediate area because the position is on-call and comes with a take home vehicle. It was a bone of contention throughout facilities director Al Hind’s tenure. He lived in the Hartford area.
Apparently about eight or nine individuals applied to take Hind’s place and a handful were interviewed by a committee. The board met with the top two finalists. That makes two positions on which board members apparently can’t reach consensus. Over the summer, the board interviewed, but did not vote to hire, a candidate for the job of director of the Central Magnet School. The job has since been re-posted.