Lawrence Van Valkenburgh’s letter to the Region One Board 2

Dear Region One Board of Education members,

You were told that Steve Hurley was absent for 25 days. The central office asked him to sign off on the truth two weeks ago — the truth being that he was actually absent for 12 days (which is below average for the staff and teachers). Your process and attorney prevented him from being allowed to respond so the lie that he was absent for 25 days was conveniently allowed to stand — convenient for the administrators who wanted “to get rid of him,” as former Assistant Principal Maryanne Buchanan testified under oath. But the system also counts on you to have intelligence and awareness that you are being lied to. Think about Patricia Chamberlain and ask yourself why you keep letting her deceive you — and by extension the public whose taxes pay her salary and support the school. I am tired of trying to make you aware. But I am far from worn out — only just fascinated by your stupidity or your complicity in the deception, or both.

Next, Steve Hurley resigned from his previous employment. He did not leave with his ass on fire the way Diane did from Orange, CT. Steve resigned in the same way that Matt Harnett resigned in his previous district but the fact that Harnett was not going to be renewed didn’t stop him from being hired in Region One. That makes the decision to non-renew Steve Hurley arbitrary and capricious. By the way, I hear that Matt will be arrested for perjury — is that true? That must be because he’s taking the fall for the job evaluation of Steven Hurley that Diane was supposed to do in 2011 and failed to do, as was mentioned in my last email.

Anyway, back to Steve Hurley. Brochu and Chamberlain had absolutely no justification for not renewing Steve’s contract so they went digging into his previous employment just a few days before the hearing with a Freedom of Information Act request for documents from his personnel file. So if they were looking for reasons to get rid of Steve then, what was the basis for the non-renewal back in March or April? Scooter and Marilyn spoke after the hearing about the two issues I just mentioned — the bogus 25 days absence and the bogus previous non renewal — and both of those are false. So, Patricia acted capriciously and arbitrarily in recommending non renewal of Steve’s contract. Someone please define capricious and arbitrary for Jonathan and Laura – (they are the ones who are leashed to Patricia).

You people owe Steve Hurley his job back. We are not the kind of people who do what you are doing and allowing Patricia and Diane to do.  Someone congratulate Diane for me –  for her promotion to Principal of the HVRHS.  We are told she is the curriculum engineer and over the last couple of weeks she managed the screwing over of the gym staff. Isn’t that Matt’s job? Was it curriculum related? The CEA Union seems to spend a lot of its time managing Central Office abuse. Didn’t Diane assure us that she was not managing the High School? What could we save if we contracted out her job? What would we save if we had a Superintendent that didn’t need a lawyer (multiple lawyers) to cover over her actions so much of the time?
When will we speak about Scott Fellows? Are you asking yourselves why Patricia is protecting him so aggressively at the cost of your reputations? By “your” I mean each of you — Laura, Phil, Gale, Jonathan, Scooter, Marilyn.  We elected each of you to protect people like me, our tax money, our teachers and staff from letting happen all of the events that you are letting Patricia and Diane get away with.

Because of your ignorance and refusal to deal with these issues, I am calling upon each town’s Board of Finance to add to their responsibilities the job of auditing how the Central Office spends each dollar you — the Region One Board of Education — ask taxpayers to appropriate to Region One education.

I have other work to do. There is plenty more to type – but you all should be thinking about the steps necessary to remove these liars from our Region. I want to see teachers empowered and happy. What the majority of this BOE has allowed is a continuation of the worst aspects of Patricia Chamberlain and Diane Goncalves so well articulated by the fifty or so who risked their jobs and testified for the Pingpank report.

Lawrence Van Valkenburgh – West Cornwall


  1. Funny how Matt is telling teachers in the staff meeting not to read region one report because there are lies on there. Funny considering Matt is the one that lied at Mr. Hurley’s hearing.

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