The A.B.C. Push For Power Has Set A Bad Example:Kent Board Now Non Cooperative With Board Of Selectmen 1

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Boards continue to squabble

KENT — The Board of Education chairman does not
believe that his board has to make a capital “request” to
the Board of Selectmen with regards to the five-year capital
plan, another example of the ongoing friction between
the boards. The selectmen held their first meeting Monday on the
new capital plan that will cover the fiscal years from 2016-
17 through 2021-22. Traditionally, the selectmen ask all
capital requests be submitted in December so that the
board can review the document and then approve it before
it goes to the Board of Finance. In recent years, the selectmen
and the Board of Finance presented the five-year
and 10-year capital plans to residents for discussion only
at the annual town meeting in January. The capital plan is
voted on with the budget at the budget town meeting in
May. Board of Education Chairman Paul Cortese was asked
Monday why his board had not voted on the capital requests
before the information being presented to the Board of Selectmen and the Board
of Finance. “There were no requests made regarding the capital
plan,” Cortese wrote in an email Thursday. “The Board of Selectmen does not approve Board of Education capital so it is not a request.”
The school’s capital information was presented to the
finance board and the Board of Selectmen by John Mauer,
who is not a member of the Board of Education but said
that Cortese had asked him as a member of the school’s
Building Committee to attend the meetings

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