Turbulence surrounding later school start times persisted Monday night rocking the Board of Education from within, as its leadership faced ethical questions about a committee that formed earlier this month. Board Chairwoman Fran Walton brought up the issue, which has been heavily debated at more than a dozen meetings throughout the school year, to let her fellow board members \u2014 and members of the public \u2014 know her ethics had been challenged. \u201cI\u2019ve had emails from a board member questioning whether I\u2019m fit to lead the board,\u201d she said. \u201cAll board members need to be aware that one board member is very upset with me, and feels that I\u2019m not acting in the best interest of our board. \u201cI would really like to talk about it.\u201d David Cordisco, the board member who voiced his displeasure with Walton, said he didn\u2019t receive fair consideration to be part of the board\u2019s school start times steering committee that will lead research before taking eventual action on the controversial topic later this fall. Cordisco also took exception that Walton was using her personal email account for board communications. \u201cI questioned the leadership that when the steering committee came out Doug [Silver] and I were excluded for whatever reasons that were not clear to me,\u201d he told the board Monday night. \u201cI was disappointed in that for all the hard work I put in the strategic planning committee and I was just kind of left out there without consideration.\u201d Board member Doug Silver also weighed in. \u201cI had the same experience, I was not made aware of the steering committee roster \u2014 I assumed I was on it because I am on the strategic planning committee,\u201d he said. \u201cIt made sense to me, then I noticed that my name wasn\u2019t on there as well.\u201d Walton said that neither Silver nor Cordisco contacted her expressing their interest. \u201cWhat was interesting to me is that board members reached out to suggest which organizations should be represented or contacted on this,\u201d she said Monday. \u201cNo board member reached out to say they were interested in serving on the committee.\u201d Public vs. private Cordisco said he had assumed he would be on the steering committee but when he wasn\u2019t, he emailed Walton who chose to respond from her personal email. According to Cordisco, the board chair wrote, \u201cI\u2019m sending you this email to avoid being public.\u201d The agitated board member told his colleagues Monday that he went as far as to file a personal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all emails sent to board members from Walton\u2019s personal account. \u201cI\u2019m questioning the ethics,\u201d he said. \u201cBecause I want to find out how often that happens.\u201d Walton said she chose to email from her personal account so that the communication would be faster and more efficient. \u201cI take your point, but by putting it through personal email I felt I had more chance of people responding,\u201d she said. \u201cI forwarded that email because of your FOIA request it\u2019s now within the board system.\u201d Burying the hatchet Cordisco asked Walton if she had been trying to hide anything from the public about how the steering committee was formed. \u201cIf you tell me you\u2019re not using your personal email to hide from the public then I will rescind my FOIA,\u201d he said. Walton said absolutely not, and that nothing unethical had taken place in its formation. Other board members defended Walton. \u201cI think you\u2019re doing a great job I would urge you to continue doing what you\u2019re doing. I\u2019d hate to see that communication stop,\u201d said member James Keidel. Margaret Stamatis agreed. \u201cYou\u2019ve taken it all very seriously on many levels \u2014 I feel we\u2019re a stronger board because of your leadership.\u201d By the end of the discussion, he told the board he had decided to rescind his request. \u201cI\u2019m happy to move forward,\u201d he said. \u201cI think it\u2019s best we put it behind us,\u201d said Walton.