The Chicopee City Council recently rejected a mayor's order to have one of the two at-large school committee seats eliminated. The primary reason given for dropping a seat is to eliminate tie votes on key issues by changing from 12 to 11 committee members.
One Chicopee state representative has said he will only support such a change through recommendations from a charter commission. According to City Council members, the mayor doesn't support a charter commission.
Why doesn't the City Council simply ask the Legislature to revoke Sections 1, 2, and 3 of Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1998 (House Bill 5158) and revert back to Section 33 of Chapter 239 of the Acts of 1897 (Chicopee City Charter)? That Act of 1998 changed the charter by adding the mayor to the school committee as its chair.
Revoking the 1998 Act would reduce voting membership to eleven and not include the mayor just as the charter did not. Since the mayor has missed more than a third of the meetings the past two years, his presence on the School Committee would probably not be missed.