Here is a link to the Republican American’s story on last nights public forum on Region One
About 60-70 people representing every town in the region (except North Canaan) attended the meeting. Video of the meeting will follow on the catv6 YouTube page, adn also be posted here.
BY BRUNO MATARAZZO JR.
CORNWALL — A forum set up to air concerns over the administration of Region 1 school district didn’t resolve any underlying issues on Friday but it did generate a consensus: Let’s meet again.
Edward Epstein, a resident of Kent and a former longtime principal of Kent Center School, set up the meeting because he feels like dealing with the regional board is like “talking to a wall.”
“You say what you say and somebody says thank you. I never hear another word,” Epstein said.
The meeting was held at Cornwall Library and residents from Region 1 school district — Falls Village, Cornwall, Sharon, North Canaan, Salisbury and Kent — central office administrators and local and regional board of education members packed into a meeting room.
While no future date was set, Friday’s meeting was civil and there was no yelling or shouting but there were loud groans after Philip Hart, chairman of the Region 1 Board of Education, offered up his opinion on what “code words” to look out for.
“We’re frequently accused of not listening and we don’t understand,” Hart said. “Those are code words. Let me tell you what you mean: ‘We don’t agree with you.’ The fact we don’t agree doesn’t mean we don’t listen.”