The Region One Report has learned that rumours of the Region One Administrators contracts already being signed is untrue. We spoke with Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick today, and he confirmed to us, after speaking to the Superintendent, that NO NEW CONTRACTS OR CONTRACT EXTENSIONS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN SIGNED..AS A MATTER OF FACT, NO NEW CONTRACTS ARE EVEN DRAFTED AS OF YET. So the reports of the contracts being signed in various blogs such as Terry Cowgill’s are incorrect, not accurate, and just plain wrong. This is what Cowgill reported in his blog, “Unfortunately, this vote was more about emotion than anything else – and emotions aren’t helpful in making a clear-headed decision on how to vote. People wanted to send a message to the BOE about the administrative contracts, but they’ve already been signed and ratified, so the no vote effectively accomplishes nothing but forcing us to spend thousands of dollars on another referendum and perhaps cut programs.” Wrong, wrong, wrong again Mr. Cowgill. Again, more inaccuracies spread before and after the referendum to try to get it passed by its supporters
The investigation could take several weeks, said Kirsten Hoyt, board chairwoman. She said that because the issue pertained to a personnel matter, she couldn’t elaborate on the cause of Kadri’s leave.
OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM SAM HERRICK
Region One Budget
YES 472 NO 570 1042 45.30% -98
YES 789 NO 254
YES 793 NO 251
The Region One Budget went down to defeat tonight 572-472!
All Towns passed both the construction questions…
More tomorrow morning on WHDD….
Read this and understand that intimidation is alive and well at Region One…
Andrea Downs, of Falls Village spoke this evening at The Region One Board Of Education Meeting during the public session. Andrea pointed out to the board that she was informed that an “administrator” of Region One said to Region One employees to vote YES on the budget..or they could loose their jobs. She asked the board to make sure that this does not happen, and IF the budget gets defeated, to just keep the current contract for administrators. The reaction from the board chair….NONE.
regiononereport.com can now confirm that over the past 36 hours reports came to us with similar information, a threat that if the budget lost, they would lose their jobs. But these people gave us the administrator’s name..CARL GROSS REGION ONE DISTRICT WIDE DIRECTOR OF PUPIL SERVICES.
If true, and right now, with what we hear tonight, and what has been told to us over the past 36 hours, we have no reason to doubt the validity of the charges. This is but another reason to stand up and say NO MORE! If the past few weeks, here is what members of the Region One School Board, the administration, and ABC have said….
1) The administrative raises are FREE they cost taxpayers nothing (FALSE)
2) The Region One Superintendent has not has a pay raise for several years (FALSE)
3) The Region One Superintendent said ”if the budget is defeated, the first place the regional board will turn to is making reductions in the high school budget. “I’m hoping we’ll resolve the issues on the contracts, what I consider unimportant issues,”
4) And now intimidation of loss of employment to employees of The Region One School District by Carl Gross, Region One District Wide Director Of Pupil Service.
Enough is enough…tell your friends and neighbors it’s time to draw a line in the sand….VOTE NO on the Region One Budget tomorrow in the referendum. We urge you to vote YES on the much-needed roof repair, and ADA projects!
The following commentary in the link below is Marshall Miles own, personal opinion….
Read the last line of this story in the Republican American…. Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain is more interested in not honoring her three-year contract already signed than educating the children in the region
(link to Republican American story)
Ex-principal to vote against Region 1 budget Tuesday
BY LYNN MELLIS WORTHINGTON
KENT — A former elementary school principal warned the local Board of Education that the regional school budget may be defeated on Tuesday due to unhappiness over administrative contracts.
Edward Epstein said Thursday that he is planning to vote against the Region 1 educational budget that will be decided by referendum in all six towns Tuesday.
“I am totally supportive of the high school,” said Epstein, who served as the Kent Center School principal for several decades.
“I am not supportive of extending contracts until the year 2015 when there is no immediate need to do so.”
He asked the local school officials to not cut from the budget of Housatonic Valley Regional High School but rather examine the central office budget.
The Region 1 budget is composed of three sections, HVRHS, Pupil Services (which is the cost for special education) and the Regional School Service Center (RSSC) also referred to as the Central Office.
Epstein warned that a number of people in the region are unhappy that four of the six members of the Region 1 Board of Ed are not listening to the concerns of residents.
He singled out Kent’s representative Jonathan Moore as one of those who was not listening. Moore contested this, saying that he had spent more than an hour meeting with Epstein after a recent meeting.
The Region 1 Board of Education approved extending the contracts an additional year for the region’s administrators that included Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves, Business Manager Samuel Herrick, Pupil Services Director Carl Gross and Supervisor of Special Education Martha Schwaikert.
This was based on the recommendation from the All Boards Committee, which is composed of the chairmen of the seven Boards of Education in the region.
Each administrator was granted a 2 percent or 3 percent raise and a contract through 2015. Some residents also objected to a similar extension last year.
Tracy Horosky, Kent Board of Education chairman, said that ABC Committee has heard the concerns and is asking for authorization to conduct a study of how administrator contracts are handled by other school districts.
She said the research would not be available for this budget season but the group is trying to be responsive.
“I’d ask you to reconsider your position,” Horosky said to Epstein.
“The message that you send is a severe one. It holds bad repercussions for the kids.” Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain said later in the meeting that if the budget is defeated, the first place the regional board will turn to is making reductions in the high school budget. She urged support for the $15.4 million budget, which shows a 1.7 percent increase.
“I’m hoping we’ll resolve the issues on the contracts, what I consider unimportant issues,” Chamberlain said. She pointed out that the regional board could try to renegotiate contracts.
“I AM TOTALLY SUPPORTIVE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL. I AM NOT SUPPORTIVE OF EXTENDING CONTRACTS UNTIL THE YEAR 2015 WHEN THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE NEED TO DO SO.”
EDWARD EPSTEIN, FORMER KENT CENTER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL