According to Mancuso, union members who had planned to attend the meeting were unaware of the change.
"We thought the meeting was at 8 o'clock," she told Spotlight Newspapers. "I was given permission to speak, and they changed the time without telling us. I'm done. I've said what I had to say."
Joan Hart, president of the Board of Education, said that the meeting was scheduled to begin earlier because it was expected to run long. Hart said that prior to the meeting, she had discussed the time change with Assistant Superintendent for Business Thomas Rybaltowski's secretary, who typically updates the Web site about meeting time changes. The secretary, according to Hart, was unable to update the time on the Web site before going on vacation.
Hart said that the board had waited before proceeding so that they could allow Mancuso still to speak.
"I'm very apologetic that there was a mix-up. That evening, the employee relations didn't have anything to do with the situation, but again I just really felt that it was very important for her to speak, and I did feel terrible that it was misconstrued," said Hart. "I would never be part of a board that would cover something or purposely change something."
Superintendent of Schools Randy Ehrenberg said that the board ended up waiting 30 minutes for Mancuso, whom Ehrenberg said was planning to arrive and speak around 7:30 p.m. According to Ehrenberg, no other union members stood up following Mancuso's statements at 7:45 p.m. to speak their minds.
At 8 p.m., outside the Good-rich School and district office, Mancuso was one of several Civil Service Employees Association members who said they were seeking answers from the district.
CSEA labor relations specialist Linda Mosher, a representative assigned to the North Colonie School District, said, "The school district has not seen fit to share with CSEA the details or conditions of Mr. Bonk's return to work. Bargaining unit members are reluctant to speak to the media for fear of retaliation."