To have a split vote would look terrible (no matter how large or small). For the purposes of whoever is driving this process, the Board should be united on who they pick; otherwise, it signals no faith in the choice and/or the process.
It would also serve to isolate whoever votes no. In essence, they may become a present-day Mary Bass (the former director who frequently was the lone vote against many issues. She ended up being the canary in the coal mine for former Superintendent Olchefske's $30M+ unraveling.)
However, the courage to say NO is more valuable to them than any good will. It means they stand with the parents and community who knew that the search process had begun and expected them to finish it in good faith. Or, AT LEAST have the grace to tell people in a timely, rational fashion what they were going to do.
Here's how I see the vote.
Blanford (goes w/o saying)
Marty (she's already said it)
Sharon (she wrote it)
Sherry - Although after her performance on the Gates Foundation grant it's likely to be a yes, Sherry has a lot of law and order in her and I don't know how much she will like coming to the table this way.
Harium - He's also a probably except that I am told that at his October meeting this subject came up and he said that some on the Board wanted no search but he thought it was a better idea to have one. Has he changed his mind? There's something to ask him.
*These two poor women are going to be under HUGE pressure to vote yes and will get hounded by the powers that be to do this.
I'm not sure I would blame them if they did but they would have my undying admiration and support if they say, "No, I won't be bullied." Because that's what this is.
A reader suggested to me that Nyland told the Board he will walk if not given the job outright. This is fairly plausible especially if some of the powers that be put a bug in his ear.
After this is all done, I'll tell you what I REALLY think about Nyland's thought process but I prefer to keep my own counsel at this point.
Send those e-mails to the maybe and no people.