Stay the course, the ONLY way to deliver change to Region One right now is thru the ballot box Reply

Stay the course, the ONLY way to deliver change to Region One right now is thru the ballot box. Now, with the referendum, and in November with the local elections. This is a two-step process. If the board and administration are not willing to come to the table, this is our only viable option. Please spread the word, invite friends to join, let’s get hundreds of people in Region One to say…enough is enough. Three votes, three rejections, two lawsuits, a board that is isolated from the taxpayers it serves, a committee of local board chairmen as isolated and removed from the public as the regional board.Vote NO July 23

 

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Vote NO Region 1 Budget July 23

As they say in tennis…..game, set, match ( 7000 series). Reply

 The policy says on page 4, under the heading “Governing Body”:
The governing body of the Regional School Services Center [“central office”]  is the Regional School District Number 1 Board of Education (the “Regional Board”), in accordance with Section 2 of Special Act 405 of the 1959 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. The Regional Board shall receive and may vote-no-300x275act on the recommendation of the All Boards Chairs (ABC) Committee, an advisory committee to the Regional Board, in all matters affecting the Regional School Services Center.”

My letter to the editor to the Lakeville Journal, The Republican-American, and The Litchfield County Times 5

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To the Editor:

Enough!

As a final insult to taxpayers in Region 1 on the eve of the fourth attempt to pass a Region 1 budget, it has become public knowledge that Diane Goncalves, assistant superintendent of schools, has filed a lawsuit against Falls Village Region 1 representative Gale Toensing.

If ever there was needed proof of why this budget MUST be defeated again, and again and again until the situation with the administrative contracts is worked out, this is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

For voters “on the fence,” or deciding why to vote NO, please ponder these recent events:

Despite being informed by taxpayers from the very first budget hearing that the administrative salaries are a problem, the former board chairman, Phil Hart, and the current board chairman, Jonathan Moore, continued to ignore taxpayers’ requests. They were so brazen they even scheduled a special meeting of the board to be held after the first vote because they knew they were sending a budget that would be defeated.

Now three votes later, and a new board chairman later, they still refuse to listen to the public’s concern, “It’s not the total dollars, it’s the administrative contracts.”

The former board chairman, Phil Hart, lied on audio tape about knowledge of the suit against the superintendent. He has since resigned the chair but still serves on the board.

Lucille Paige, executive secretary to Patricia Chamberlain, superintendent, filed a lawsuit against the superintendent claiming retaliation against her testimony during the Pingpank Report. Please watch the unedited video of the last board meeting on the CATV 6 YouTube page to see a board with no ideas, no leadership, and no intention of doing anything more than re submitting the EXACT same budget that was just crushed at the polls.

And now this lawsuit … .

Three votes, three rejections, two lawsuits, a board that is isolated from the taxpayers it serves, a committee of local board chairmen as isolated and removed from the public as the regional board, a shrinking student population, static academic achievement, a report (Pingpank) authorized by the board and ignored … and a new contract for administrators calling for around ONE MILLION DOLLARS over the next three years.

This administration, and the administration’s majority block on the board, need to be replaced. Voting no on the budget will allow the district to continue to operate on the same budget as last year and keep the new administrative contract from being finalized. Then, replace board members in November. This is the only option for taxpayers as the majority block on this board is incapable of action to reverse this region’s spiral down into complete mayhem.

Enough already! Vote NO on the Region 1 budget again.

Marshall Miles

Salisbury

Lies and inaccuracies from Jonathan Moore, Chairman, Region 1 Board Representative from Kent Reply

Please read below the  start of  Jonathan Moore’s letter to the Litchfield County Times

To the Editor:
Where have the students gone? At the Region 1 board’s recent budget workshop, there was no substantive talk about the students. The refrain was simply, you need to listen to US, the angry few!

For over a year the Region 1 board has grappled with increased per-pupil costs due to decreased enrollment

Our reaction?

Mr. Moore’s statement: The refrain was simply, you need to listen to US, the angry few!

Our response: We are not angry, we are not few, we are taxpayers who simply want a say in the way the district is run, as we PAY for it….

Total Budget Vote  YES 452 NO 623 1075

Another statement from Mr. Moore: For over a year the Region 1 board has grappled with increased per-pupil costs

Our response: Another lie from Mr. Moore. Over the course of the last year 3 administrative positions we added to the budget, and the talk about cutting staffing (teachers) came up at the fiddling-while-rome-burnslast-minute. Look at all the videos from the past year, they speak the truth about the boards actions, not the disinformation that Mr. Moore is spitting out now after three defeated budgets.

Once again, this letter shows the total disregard for taxpayers, teachers, and students..this board needs to be replaced, and Mr. Moore should resign his chairmanship as he is not capable of listening to the public, never mind that  his knowledge of how to run a meeting and his knowledge of Roberts Rules are both  non-existent.

Re-post this, pass it along to voters, it is another shining example of why this budget MUST be defeated again