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

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.

A Perspective 2

In human activities of importance one thing matters above all else: effective leadership. It might not guarantee results, but without it, nothing much happens. We in Region One have current examples of this. The last two chairmen of the Regional Board of Education have been woefully inept when it comes to how to lead a board. I don’t mean what the board has done but rather their inability to treat all members with courtesy and respect and to work for consensus. Rather than being part of the solution to achieving an effective board they have made it ineffective. In each of the state’s school districts the education leader is the superintendent. That person is responsible for the successes based upon leadership and is also responsible for the failures based upon poor leadership. The seven schools in our region all have areas that need improvement, some dramatically so. That improvement is lacking under the lack of leadership of the current superintendent. The current board and superintendent cavalierly ignore the written and spoken concerns of students and voters. There is one place that those concerns cannot be silenced or ignored and that is the voting booth. In the fall elections voters have the opportunity to elect good people to our boards. As far as the budget goes the voting booth gives volume to the concerns of voters. The bottom line of the current proposed budget is not bad. A closer look at the details reveals concerns like cutting teachers and padding the money to administrators. What the voters are saying by rejecting the budget is we have serious concerns about what is going on in the Central Office and we want changes. Further evidence of the lack of ability on the part of board leadership and the administration is that they either cannot or will not hear that message.
– Craig Toensing

Disinformation …….. 3

A picture supplied to Region One Report that is very interesting to say the least.....

The Meeting Before the Meeting

Disinformation is intentionally false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately. For this reason, it is synonymous with and sometimes called black propaganda. It is an act of deception and false statements to convince someone of untruth. Disinformation should not be confused with misinformation, information that is unintentionally false.

Unlike traditional propaganda techniques designed to engage emotional support, disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience at the rational level by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions. A common disinformation tactic is to mix some truth and observation with false conclusions and lies, or to reveal part of the truth while presenting it as the whole (a limited hangout).

Another technique of concealing facts, or censorship, is also used if the group can affect such control. When channels of information cannot be completely closed, they can be rendered useless by filling them with disinformation, effectively lowering their signal-to-noise ratio and discrediting the opposition by association with many easily disproved false claims.

Here is a great example of disinformation….

A direct quote (disinformation) from Mr. John Mauer …”After the meeting, Marshall Miles, a member of the political public, shouted something unintelligible at the board from the back of the room and the political throng cheered. This activity appears on the verge of riot. No one need wonder why positive comments are rarely made at these meetings; who wants to be harassed by vulgar people. Perhaps a state trooper is needed at the next meeting.”

How incredible..just a few weeks ago the opposition to the budget was “just a few troublemakers, and the town of Falls Village”. Now  ALL SIX TOWNS have defeated the budget, and the budget is going on its FOURTH vote and the opposition is called a “political throng”. Desperate times call for desperate actions..see the picture above, Mr. Mauer obviously gets his writing orders direct from the top.

Also, I did not shout, if you watch the video of the meeting you can barely hear me tell Mr. Moore that he can not  tell me I am out-of-order for talking to the board and public …after the meeting has been adjourned. And, by-the-way, what I told the board was ” they should all resign”..that elicited  applause  from everyone one  except for three people.

No one has EVER been harassed from speaking in favor of the budget, NEVER. No one has ever been intimidated from speaking in favor of the budget, NEVER. The only intimidation in Region One comes from the administration, the board chair, and vice-chair, just look at the videos of the Region One Board Meetings  the last three years.

Desperate times call for desperate actions…as is clear by the administrations and the board chairman’s actions.

How about they listen to the public?  That would be a great place to start.