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: pchamberlain22@gmail.com.didtheyreadit.com ; jmoore@region1schools.org.didtheyreadit.com Cc: Scooter Tedder ; Philip Hart ; Marilyn Yerks ; Laura Freund ; gtoensing@comcast.net 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. http://www.tricornernews.com/node/31398 —–

 

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

 

 

The Region One Board Chair…fact, intuition, or was he hiding something from the board again way back after the last budget defeat? Reply

Here is a direct newspaper quote from Mr. Moore, Region One Board Chair after the last vote, “The only change: I am afraid our principal may have had enough and may be seeking employment elsewhere.” This statement is not fact, but a strong intuition.

 

Hmmm, Mr. Moore’s intuition was very good when it came to a resignation that came three weeks later..while his intuition fails him miserably when it comes to dealing with Region One taxpayers.

 

You can not believe a thing this man says. His board should ask him to step down, and appoint a new representativeRevolvingDoor from Kent.

A letter from Craig Toensing former Connecticut State Board Of Education chair 2

Our present superintendent was a good grade school principal. So good that when I was the State Board chair I had her, Cornwall principal Bill Oris and then superintendent Muff Maskovsky come to Hartford and present to the State Board of Education on how to run a successful grade school. Then she was hired as the Region One superintendent. There was a book written by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull and published in 1969 entitled “The Peter Principle”. The principle holds that members of an organization will rise or get promoted to his or her level of incompetence. In Region One we have examples of the principle at work. I was still active in education when  she was chosen as the new superintendent. There were some who thought that the hire might not make sense because she had never been a high school principal and the lack of that experience might hinder her effectiveness. That opinion turns out to have been prescient. Under the leadership of the superintendent, the education leader of the Region, the high school is floundering. Many students are doing poorly in the classroom and on state tests. In the last three years two principals have resigned within days of the start of the new school year.The Region administrators have little concept of the basic management principle that if one is given the responsibility for a task they must also be given the authority to carry it out. It is little wonder that the high school experiences defections given the heavy hands laid on by Region administrators. Administrators to whom the concept “Be a leader not a boss” is alien. Unfortunately some members of the Region One board and the ABC Committee are also good examples of the Peter Principle at work. They don’t seem to know that the superintendent works for them, and not the other way around, and they shirk the associated responsibility. These are the folks who got us into this mess and it would be naive to think they have the ability to get us out. Keep exercising your right to vote. It is an expression that democracy allows to be heard.

Craig Toensing

Captain Chaos rules in Region One!!! 17

Wrap you mind around the following:

1) Two Principals resign just weeks before the start of a school year 2 times in three years

2) The Athletic Director resigns this year one month before the school year

3) The teachers that were laid off, and rehired in the region this summer all resigned from their positions this summer

4) A technology person in Region One, who just received a big pay raise resigns two weeks before the start of school

5) The Superintendent is being sued by her executive secretary for battery and freedom of speech violations

6) The Assistant Superintendent is suing a Region One Board of Education member for doing her job

7) It took four budget votes for the board of education to finally see it was not about money, but then they  cut the iPads from

the budget anyway (again, but who is counting?)

8) The Assistant Superintendent goes “rogue” and will not join with the Superintendent in cutting the  final year

off her new contract, and donate  it back to a program for the students at the high school

9) There is no leadership on the board, there is no leadership in the administration, and now there is no leadership in place at the highest level

at the high school

As the old question used to say…..”Is this anyway to run a railroad?”

NO!

Our children, our parents, our grandparents, our brothers, our sisters, and our teachers deserve better.

Do you really want to endorse this activity with a yes vote this coming Tuesday? IS this behavior really going to be rewarded with a yes vote? Really?

Some “facts” about the Superintendents “concessions” 5

1) The money does not come out of the budget

2) It is still counted as her salary, and goes towards building her retirement package

3) Was it one or two years of a  her raise

4) If the administration has formed a union, why does not the Assistant do the same thing

5) If we can talk about the Superintendents salary when she is involved in a law suit, why can’t we talk about

the Assistants salary while she is involved in a law suit?

6) It is pretty obvious that the Superintendent has lost control, and we now have a “rouge” Assistant

7) It was not so much a “concession”, but more of a “bribe”, or “inducement”, or “payback” to voters to approve the budget

lets let the state elections commission figure this out

Sec. 9-364a. (Formerly Sec. 9-344). Acts prohibited in elections, primaries, referenda, caucuses and conventions. Penalties.

Any person who influences or attempts to influence by force or threat the vote, or by force, threat, bribery or corrupt means, the speech, of any person in a primary, caucus, referendum convention or election; or wilfully and fraudulently suppresses or destroys any vote or ballot properly given or cast or, in counting such votes or ballots, wilfully miscounts or misrepresents the number thereof; and any presiding or other officer of a primary, caucus or convention who wilfully announces the result of a ballot or vote of such primary, caucus or convention, untruly and wrongfully, shall be guilty of a class C felony.

We think this is the state statute that might have been violated at last nights BOE Meeting Reply

pchamstand2…key words are influence, briber, and willfully…

Sec. 9-364a. (Formerly Sec. 9-344). Acts prohibited in elections, primaries, referenda, caucuses and conventions. Penalties.

Any person who influences or attempts to influence by force or threat the vote, or by force, threat, bribery or corrupt means, the speech, of any person in a primary, caucus, referendum convention or election; or wilfully and fraudulently suppresses or destroys any vote or ballot properly given or cast or, in counting such votes or ballots, wilfully miscounts or misrepresents the number thereof; and any presiding or other officer of a primary, caucus or convention who wilfully announces the result of a ballot or vote of such primary, caucus or convention, untruly and wrongfully, shall be guilty of a class C felony.

About the Superintendents offer last night..is it illegal under state statutes? Did she violate the law? 3

In previous budget discussions with the Board Of Education, it has been clearly stated that ANY information that is put before the public can ask for a Yes or No vote….look back at previous Board meetings on the CATV 6 Youtube Page, peruse old board meetings, and you will find this discussion many times.

http://www.youtube.com/user/MMilesWHDD?feature=mhee

I am not sure  if this is the exact statute, but this following line was mentioned at several of the board meetings….”no employee, of any school district in the State of Connecticut, can publicly promote or coerce a  “yes” or “no” vote on any municipal  referendum.   Pamphlets can be printed urging the public to “get out and vote”, but the law clearly states that written materials or public statements cannot urge, or promote either a “yes” or “no” vote on a budget referendum.

Does the board need to look up state statutes to investigate this? I think so. Should individuals in the Region One district  know if what was proposed last night was within the state statutes, we think so.

Any question on this “offer” to pass the referendum  should be cleared up immediately, as to not interferelaw with the next vote by raising questions of possible violations of state statutes that would invalidate the referendum, or has, with this offer, the current referendum already been invalidate, questions that need to be answered by town lawyers, and the State of Connecticut Board Of Education.