Causes are won not on a single battle, but many battles. The right to vote is the most powerful tool we have. Please get out the vote! Reply

Causes are won not on a single battle, but many battles. The right to vote is the most powerful tool we have.

We began this journey three years ago, losing the first battle by 40 votes. The next year, more people heard our story, and we won the first vote, losing the second vote. Well, this year, the trickle from the dam has become a torrent. Three budget votes, three defeats .
VOTE 3 623 NO 452 YES 5 towns NO 1 town YES
VOTE 2 486 NO 363 YES 5 towns NO 1 town TIED
VOTE 1 587 NO 351 YES 6 towns NO 0 towns YES

1,696 NO 1,166 YES

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As a final insult to taxpayers in Region One the voters who vote no, and who show up at Region One budget hearings were called the following..

Jonathan Moore board Chair: ” the angry few”…

John Mauer former Region One Chair: ” group of political public, This activity appears on the verge of riot”…..

We are NOT the angry few, we are not on the verge of riot. We are taxpayers that are fed up with a clear lack of leadership in the board, and the administration.

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 camels back.

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

1) Despite being informed by taxpayers from the very first budget hearing that the administrative salaries are a problem, the former board chair, Phil Hart, the current board chair 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.
2) Now three votes later, and a new board chair later, they still refuse to listen to the public’s concern, “It’s not the total dollars, it’s the administrative contracts”.
3) The former board chair, Phil Hart lied on audio tape about knowledge of the suit against the Superintendent, he since resigned the chair, but still serves on the board.
4) Lucille Paige, Executive Secretary to Patricia Chamberlain, Superintendent, files a lawsuit against the Superintendent claiming retaliation against her testimony during the Pingpank Report. (Lucille had an unblemished record for over twenty years until that point).
5) 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 resubmitting the EXACT same budget that was just crushed at the polls.
6) And now this lawsuit, a final insult to taxpayers in Region One on the eve of the fourth attempt to pass a Region One budget, Diane Goncalves, Assistant Superintendent lawsuit against Falls Village Region One representative Gale Toensing.
7) I don’t think the $5,000 deductible will cover the two law suits. And what about the hourly charges for two lawsuits?
 If ever there was a reason for why this budget MUST be defeated again, and again, and again until the situation with the lack of direction of the board, and the administrative contracts is worked out, this is the straw that broke the camels back.

Three votes, three rejections, two lawsuits, a board isolated from the taxpayers it serves, a committee of local board chairmen also seemingly isolated and removed from the public as the regional board, a shrinking student population, static academic achievement, a report (Pingpank) authorized by the board who spent over $9,000.00 on and then ignored it’s findings. Also add a new contract for administrators calling for around ONE MILLION DOLLARS over the next three years.

This administration, and the administrations 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 administration and board aware that the times have changed.

Taxpayers want their voices heard in the business of running Region One. Already repercussions have been heard locally: Laura Freund, The North Canaan Representative lost her Democratic nomination to continue on the board, Phil Hart is leaving the Cornwall Board Of Education at the end of his term, a new representative is on the way from Salisbury.

Just consider what has happened during the budget process:

300 students sign a petition-the board ignores it.

Before the very first budget vote the board set up a special meeting for after the vote because they knew it would be voted down..imaging sending a budget knowing it would be voted down!

Three different budget forums-the board ignores all the input from the public.

The Housatonic Principal “stretches the truth” about the amount of textbooks that will go on the iPad Mini.

The Chairman of the board (Phil Hart) lies about his knowledge (when he found out) of the lawsuit.

When Phil Hart resigned as Chairman he illegally appointed a new chairman, the board then hurriedly called a special meeting to do it legally.

Then they forgot elect a Vice Chair!

Enough already! For the students, for the teachers, for the health of the region
Vote NO on the Region One Budget again.

A change coming in Cornwall? 1

Region One Report did not see Phil Harts name on the list of slates for Republican or Democrats for Region One Board Of education. A couple of telephone calls to WHDD informed us that Phil is retiring from the board come November.  If so, that would make two of the administrations ardent supporters are not coming back next year: Phil Hart, and Laura Freund (well, Laura can still primary, but she lost the Democratic nomination to run). That would make the list of those not coming back as:

Scooter Tedder from Salisbury

Phil Hart from Cornwall

Laura Freund from North Canaan (unless she primaries and wins)

Gale Toensing from Falls Village (retiring)

Response to Mr. Moore’s “ANGRY FEW” letter to the editor 1

 

A message to Mr. Moore on his calling taxpayers that have defeated the Region One Budget three times,the “angry few”,  the last time with ALL TOWNS DEFEATING THE BUDGET….with the biggest voter turnout yet….moore

The angry few?
1) Three budget votes, three defeats
2) The last vote, all towns defeated the budget, biggest voter turnout yet
3) After the last, resounding defeat, the board decides to send the exact same budget to the voters!

The only angry few appear to be the board, and the administration!

Lucille Paige-Patricia Chamberlain Case Transferred To Federal Court! 6

It now appears that the suit against Patricia Chamberlain has been transferred to FEDERAL COURT, and is now on the docket for NEXT JUNE. The case was transferred because of the freedom of speech and whistle-blower status. We are awaiting conformation on the trial date and other particulars on this case, and hope to have them by Monday so we can post latest information. If true, this will cost the Region plenty of overtime. In the past two of months, overtime paid to fill in for Paige  was over $700.00 dollars.gaveljpg-e3cae5341b510b7a

Signs of change in North Canaan …..Laura Freund denied Democratic nomination to run for Region One Board Of Education at Caucus 1

At the Democratic caucus in North Canaan, Laura Freund was REPLACED by Carol Shulz as the Democratic Choice to run for Region One Board Of Education.

It has been reported to Region One Report that Fruend lost in the caucus 6-3. Republicans have not caucused yet. This is a clear sign of the public NOT being satisfied with the status Quo. Not in the Region One Board, and not with the administration.  In case you forgot this from last year here is Freund “dissing”  her current employer!

Click on link then play video to see how Laura talked about her current employer. We wonder how long she would be employed if she said that about our current administration while working in Region One ?!

Laura Freund, in her own words, dissing the current school district that pays her salary

Region 1 lawsuit adds insult to injury for taxpayers Reply

 

 

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Region 1 lawsuit adds insult to injury for taxpayers

 

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

If anyone needs proof of why this budget must be defeated until the situation with administrative contracts is worked out, this is it.

For voters on the fence, please ponder these recent occurrences:

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

Three votes later, they still refuse to listen to the public’s concern: “It’s not the total dollars, it’s the administrative contracts.”

An audiotape indicates Mr. Hart lied about knowledge of the suit against Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain. He has since resigned as chairman, but still serves on the board.

Lucille Paige, executive secretary to Ms. Chamberlain, filed a lawsuit against the superintendent, claiming retaliation for her testimony during the Pingpank report. For more than 20 years, Ms. Paige has had an unblemished record.

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 more than submitting the exact same budget that was just crushed at the polls.

The lawsuit against Ms. Toensing.

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, the board ignoring a report (Pingpank) it authorized, and a new contract for administrators calling for around $1 million over the next three years.

This administration and its majority bloc 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. Voters also should replace board members in November. This is the only option for taxpayers, as the majority bloc 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 on July 23.

Marshall Miles

Salisbury