Interesting post from Brian Savin that was relayed to Region One Report (the line forms to the left!) 2

So, we have Region One administrative leadership involved in lawsuits with their own employees and Board members. We have voters speaking loud and clear that they are fed up. We have no political leadership. We are talking a huge share of our taxes, let alone the education of our children. OK, let’s start with some basic homework. There may be a quiz.
Brian Savin

<10-4b – Complaint alleging failure or inability of board of education to implement educational interests of state. Investigation; inquiry; hearing. Remedial process. Regulations
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 10 > Chapter 163 > 10-4b

Current as of: 2013

(a) Any resident of a local or regional school district, or parent or guardian of a student enrolled in the public schools of such school district who has been unable to resolve a complaint with the board of education of such local or regional school district may file with the State Board of Education a complaint in writing, or the state board may initiate a complaint, alleging the failure or inability of the board of education of such local or regional school district to implement the educational interests of the state in accordance with section 10-4a. If the state board, or its designee, finds such complaint to be substantial, it shall notify the local or regional board of such complaint and shall designate an agent who shall conduct a prompt investigation in accordance with procedures established by said state board and report the results of such investigation to the state board. The agent of the State Board of Education, in conducting an investigation, may summon by subpoena any records or documents related to the investigation. If the findings indicate that there is reasonable cause to believe that a local or regional board of education has failed or is unable to make reasonable provision to implement the educational interests of the state as defined in section 10-4a or that a local governmental body or its agent is responsible for such failure or inability, said state board shall conduct an inquiry. The State Board of Education shall give the board of education or a local governmental body or its agent involved the opportunity to be heard in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-176e to 4-184. Said state board may summon by subpoena any person whose testimony may be pertinent to the inquiry and any records or documents related to the provision of public education in the school district.

(b) If, after conducting an inquiry in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, the state board finds that a local or regional board of education has failed or is unable to implement the educational interests of the state in accordance with section 10-4a, the state board shall (1) require the local or regional board of education to engage in a remedial process whereby such local or regional board of education shall develop and implement a plan of action through which compliance may be attained, or (2) order the local or regional board of education to take reasonable steps where such local or regional board has failed to comply with subdivision (3) of section 10-4a. Where a local or regional board of education is required to implement a remedial process pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, upon request of such local or regional board, the state board shall make available to such local or regional board materials and advice to assist in such remedial process. If the state board finds that a local governmental body or its agent is responsible for such failure or inability, the state board may order such governmental body or agent to take reasonable steps to comply with the requirements of section 10-4a. The state board may not order an increase in the regular program expenditures, as defined in section 10-262f, of such local or regional board of education if such expenditures are in an amount at least equal to the minimum expenditure requirement in accordance with section 10-262j, provided that an increase in expenditures may be ordered in accordance with section 10-76d. If the state board finds that the state is responsible for such failure, the state board shall so notify the Governor and the General Assembly.

(c) Upon the failure of a local or regional board of education to implement a remedial process, or upon the failure of a local or regional board of education or local governmental body or its agent to comply with an order of the state board in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, said state board may seek an order from the Superior Court to compel such board of education to implement a remedial process or to compel a local or regional board of education or local governmental body or its agent to carry out the order of the State Board of Education.

(d) The state board shall pursuant to the provisions of chapter 54 adopt regulations concerning procedures for purposes of this section.

Letter to the Editor from Ed Epstein Reply

Sent: 7/14/2013 8:38:18 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:
Once again, I will vote against the Region One budget on Tuesday, July 23.
I do this for several reasons.  The main one is that the Region One Board and the Administration have stopped listening to the public.  In an educational world where teaching listening skills to students is so important, the school “leaders”  are not listening.
On July 10, the Region One Board called a meeting.  For twenty minutes, members of the public urged the Board to listen to them.  Once the public comment period stopped, the Board spent 35 minutes doing nothing to change the previous budget.  The Board made up its mind not to listen to the public.
I have worked for Region One for 45 years.  I know how people operate.  I believe the powers that be feel they will “wear down the public,” and eventually the budget will pass.  I don’t think so.
While it costs about $7000 for each referendum, that price is small compared to what it will cost us in salaries and benefits for a Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent over the next three years.  That cost is near $1,000,000.
Some say those contracts have been negotiated and cannot be changed.  I don’t agree with that.  At some time in the near future, I will explain why I feel that way.
Please vote on July 23.  Absentee ballots are available at all Town Halls in our six towns.
Ed Epsteinede

While Rome burns, the administration and board continue to fiddle…. 6

Full story at link below (paywall)

http://www.rep-am.com/news/local/737475.txt

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BY RUTH EPSTEIN | REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

 

FALLS VILLAGE — Claiming she has suffered emotional distress because of actions by Region 1 Board of Education member Gale C. Toensing, Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves has filed a lawsuit against her seeking damages in excess of $15,000. Toensing, who represents Falls Village on the regional school board, said Sunday that she had no comment.
The suit, which was delivered to Toensing at her home Saturday, makes several claims including defamation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, interference with a contractual relationship and invasion of privacy.

The suit states that Goncalves is seeking compensatory damages including those for emotional distress and injury to her reputation, punitive damages, past and future lost wages and injury to her earning capacity, pre- and postjudgment interest and attorneys’ fees and costs. The Region 1 budget proposal, which after three rejections will go back to voters in a fourth referendum on July 23, includes a 2 percent raise that would bring her salary to $135,502.

This is the second lawsuit recently filed by persons affiliated with Region 1. Earlier this spring, Chamberlain’s executive secretary, Lucille Paige, sued Chamberlain, claiming she was denied her right to free speech, disciplined in retaliation for taking part in Pingpank’s investigation and physically assaulted during a confrontation over her private email. Paige is on administrative leave until Oct. 1.