Webster disputed Wait’s statistics.
“The mandatory board meetings are the ones you are required to attend, not the ones they keep calling every week,” he said. “I work for a living. I have a moderately successful dairy farm. I have six employees. I have a lot of responsibility.
“I made it clear to them that I could not attend every special meeting,” he continued. “I think the people who voted for me would be the first ones to understand that.”
After hearing he was voted off the board, Webster said that he was probably not going to run for reelection adding that he had become disenchanted with the board this winter over a personnel issue.
Webster said he could go about his business with a lot less stress in his life.
“But I can tell you that there are a lot of problems with this board, in my opinion,” he said.
The Cooperstown Crier reported on 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 BOE 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.