It is always sad when the Board Of Education hears about a Principal resigning from the public, before they hear it from the board chair…see the note below from Region One Board Member Gale Toensing… 1

Marshall, thanks for letting the public — and board members — know about the resignations. The superintendent and board chairman didn’t. ~~ Gale Courey Toensing

Please follow the emails as they are in chronological order…

1) Original Message —– From: Gale Toensing To: ; Cc: Scooter Tedder ; Philip Hart ; Marilyn Yerks ; Laura Freund ; Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 1:49 PM Subject: Loss of Principal

Jonathan and Patricia It has been over 24 hours since the news of Matt Harnett’s resignation entered the public realm. Am I the only board member who thinks the loss of our building principal days before students return for the start of the school year is a critical matter? It is incredulous that we are getting our information about this matter from newspapers and social media and not from the superintendent and board chair. Why has a special meeting not been called for the board to discuss the matter and start to develop our strategy to deal with it? ~~Gale


Reply to message 1) Original Message —– From: Jonathan Moore To: Gale Courey Toensing Cc: Phil Hart ; Laura Freund ; Scooter Tedder ; Marilyn Yerks Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 4:20 PM Subject: Re: Loss of Principal

Gale, First I am in Maine. Second we have no official notice as of yet. Third, there is a plan that the superintendent is putting together. If you all stick around after the district meeting, the we can set a date for a special meeting. Jonathan —-


Reply to Mr. Moore’s reply 3) —– Original Message —– From: Gale Toensing To: Patricia Chamberlain ; Jonathan Moore Cc: Marilyn Yerks ; Scooter Tedder ; Laura Freund ; Phil Hart Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 5:20 PM Subject: Re: Loss of Principal

Right. It must be some other Jonathan Moore quoted on this posting from yesterday: HVRHS principal has resigned Thu, 08/15/2013 – 3:16pm Falls Village By Patrick L. Sullivan FALLS VILLAGE — The principal of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) resigned Wednesday, Aug. 14. Mattew J. Harnett gave a verbal notice Aug. 14 to Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain, with a written resignation to follow. Chamberlain said Thursday, Aug. 15, that Harnett is taking a job as principal at a middle school in Bristol, Conn. Harnett was principal at Berlin High School before taking the HVRHS job in 2011. PowerSchool administrator Gina Jasmine also resigned, to take a similar job in Danbury, Chamberlain said. “We’ll miss them both,” she said. Jonathan Moore, chairman of the Region One Board of Education, said by phone on Thursday, Aug. 15, that the board will hold a special meeting next week to decide how to proceed on finding an interim principal and search for a long-term replacement. Harnett was hired in May 2011, with a two-year contract. He was principal of Torrington Middle School from 2006-10,associate principal at New Britain High School from 2004-06, and assistant principal at Seymour High School from 2002-04. Attempts to reach Harnett’s cell phone were not successful as of 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. —–


Sad, very sad, this man lies all the time now…. he MUST be replaced by the Kent BOE



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  1. This is out of control. You can’t have an effective Board if the board Chair refuses to communicate with the whole board. I truly believe the State needs to be called in since the Board refuses to do the right thing and resign. I sincerely hope the budget fails again – they surely are still not listening.

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