We know how tough it is to vote down a Region One Budget. And we know there are some that will say we are against education. Well that is poppycock.

Spend the money on programs, and teachers and support staff. The administration in Region One is adequately paid, and its good money, no, make that great money as well.

Let them get new contracts as they should, when their current contract expires!

GET OUT THERE AND VOTE!!!!!! As we write this there are under four hours to go in the referendum. EVERY VOTE COUNTS! Please make yours count today.

And thanks for the great response…remember, this is not a path that is quickly traveled.  So far we have a toe-hold, we are now  looking for a foot-hold, but, we have made great progress this year. It will be a long process to get our Board Of  Education and Administration to let us be the full partners we should be. We have only just begun.

From The Republican-American…Our administrative salary structure is MORE than adequate..VOTE NO! Reply

THOMASTON — The Board of Education at a special meet­ing Tuesday hired a new busi­ness manager.

Superintendent Lynda J. Mitchell said the board chose to hire Nancy O’Dea-Wyrick because of her broad experi­ence in both municipal govern­ment and managing school dis­trictsfinances. She will fill the position vacated by outgoing business manager Sue Laone, who is leaving to run the business office for Region 10 schools in Burlington.

O’Dea-Wyrick of Kent is a member of the Board of Finance there and has been business manager of school dis­tricts in Monore and Derby. She was most recently an interim business manager in a North Haven school district.

“She will be a great replace­ment for Sue,” Mitchell said. “She has an interesting balance between the whole community piece, leadership piece and edu­cation leadership piece.”

O’Dea-Wyrick, one of six can­didates who was seeking the job, will be paid an $80,000 annual salary and will oversee the school’s $14 million budget. Laone, who was business man­ager for seven years was paid a little more than $90,000 last year.

O’Dea-Wyrick, who also served two terms on the Kent Board of Selectmen and Board of Education, said that experi­ence will help her with her new job.

“I have got three perspec­tives beside the central office perspective,” she said. “I look forward to getting to know the people in the community and working with them.”