Mayor Adams took the last seat on his administration’s education policy panel on Wednesday night – a post vacant since March, when he ousted a member of the body after his homophobic views were exposed by the Daily News. .
Kyle Kimball, vice president of government relations for utility company ConEd, will take the final seat on the 15-member Panel for Education Policy beginning today, Adams said in a statement.
Kimball has no professional experience in education, but Schools Chancellor David Banks said his personal life made him an “essential” addition to the panel, which oversees the education department and approves its contracts .
“As the parent of a public school student, the husband of a teacher, and with a long history of service to our city, Mr. Kimball brings critical insight to the Panel,” Banks said. “I look forward to working with him to elevate our schools in the years to come.”
Kimball’s nomination came ahead of a Wednesday night meeting of the panel, where its members were to vote on a funding formula for the city’s public school system.
Kimball replaces Rev. Kathlyn Barrett-Layne, a Staten Island pastor who was removed from the panel by Adams hours after her March 22 nomination after The News reported that she had written several books expressing extreme anti-LGBTQ views. . Among other eyebrow-raising statements, Barrett-Layne placed same-sex relationships in the same category of “sin” as pedophilia in a 2013 book about the “temptations” facing Christian leaders and their followers.
After Barrett-Layne was ousted, LGBTQ advocates called on Adams to replace her with a member of the gay rights community, arguing that it was important for him to do so since he also caused controversy by appointing three other pastors with a history of anti-gay views. to its administration.
Although Kimball is gay, his nomination received a lukewarm response from Allen Roskoff, a longtime gay rights activist in the city who has urged Adams for months to bring in a prominent LGBTQ advocate for the panel on the education policy.
“I don’t know anything about him,” Roskoff, the founder of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, said of Kimball. “We have active members of our community who have dedicated their lives to working with public school children and LGBTQ youth. It would have been great to see one of them invited to serve.