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FALLS VILLAGE — Responding to a letter from member Louis Timolat, the Board of Finance will discuss how the Region 1 Board of Education has treated Falls Village’s representative to see whether legal steps should be taken.
Timolat, who was unable to attend Monday’s meeting of the board, wrote that he is concerned about the board’s conduct, “especially with regard to the pre-emption of the full and equal participation of our representative Gale C. Toensing. I would be in favor of the cost of legal means to correct this unacceptable situation.”
In Timolat’s absence, First Selectman Patricia A. Mechare explained his position. She said he is concerned that the Region 1 chairman contacted the board’s attorney without the knowledge or consent of the other members.
Mechare said Timolat is also concerned that the board has conceded it is not abiding by its own policies and “when our representative asks for the policies to be abided by, she has been shut down. I think Louie is frustrated that her rights and the rights of her constituents are being compromised. He feels maybe you should move forward in a more formal way and is asking you to legally continue.”
Mechare said if the Board of Finance feels it is important and this behavior by the school board continues, a town meeting can be held to approve funding for that purpose.
Member Tom Grayson said after finance board members review the minutes of the Region 1 board meetings, they may want to compel the school board to comply with its own policies and procedures.
The finance board will discuss the issue at the August meeting after reviewing the Region 1 board minutes