Ms. Marilyn Yerks, Region One Board Member From Sharon makes a great observation, makes a great point, and is shut down. The question remains…did the Region One Board Of Education act illegally by not following thru on the motion they passed to ask the administration ( not the A.B.C) to re-open their contracts? 3

Did the Region One Board Of Education act illegally by not following thru on the motion they passed to ask the administration ( not the A.B.C) to re-open their contracts?
Watch the video…..

Ms. Laura Freund, Secretary of the Region One Board, STILL does not know what the Library Media Specialist does in the summer…even though this response was made to the board! 1

If the Secretary does not read communications to the board, and does not know what the particulars are she is voting on, then she has NO PLACE being on the Board Of Education…
Please watch the attached video.

(Here is what was released on May 23, Laura you can feel free to copy this


Here’s a list I requested from the library media specialist of exactly what the $4,212 pays for:
1) Commencement video takes the first 15 to twenty hours
2) Weeding (assessing older materials and disposing of those that are:
a) no longer relevant/accurate; b) not circulating and not unique; c) redundant, in disrepair or in an outdated format).
3) Inventory of all materials.
4) Re-distribution of materials on shelves as various areas grow and diminish.
5) Introduction to new systems (for example, this summer we are supposed to change our video editing program from Sony Vegas to Avid, an industry standard. It needs to be purchased, installed, and we have to have a remedial knowledge of how to use it).
6) Requisitions, purchasing and meeting with salespeople from book and database companies.
7) Cataloging materials purchased over the summer.
8) Cleaning of the studio area, which is used by students all year without supervision and is a disaster area by May.

The first two years I was in the library, I requested more summer hours, because 80 hrs is not sufficient to get all of this done. We are behind on weeding, reading and redistributing of shelf space. The library assistant has more than she can handle in also doing inventory and handling all of the bookkeeping, as we continue to buy over the summer. These are tasks that cannot be performed when students and staff are here as our first priority is always to support and instruct the Housatonic community.

So, my questions are:
1) What is the administration’s plan for getting this work done next year?
2) How many other items are in the proposed budget that the superintendent – where the buck is supposed to stop – knows nothing about?
3) What else has the board majority cut from the proposed budget without knowing what they were eliminating?
4) Does the board majority intend to continue cutting budget items in ignorance of what they are cutting?

Region One Board Of Education Budget Workshop June 17 2013 2

Here is the video of tonight’s Region One budget workshop.

It was decided to keep the iPad minis.
It was decided to keep the tech support proposals.
It was decided to take a total of $20,000.00 out of the administration budget for training, workshops, etc….
It was decided to put back in the hours for summer for the library (a tie vote but weighted vote won) ( North Canaan, Kent, Cornwall voted no while Salisbury, Sharon and Falls Village voted yes)
The board decided not to re-visit asking the administration to re-open their contract (no vote here, just a shut down from the board chair)
And a motion was made to add back a teacher by Gale Toensing, but no one seconded the motion so it died on the floor
The budget will go back before the voters again….

More on the possible illegal actions of the Region One Board, in a following post.

Watch the meeting on this video