Opposition to budget isn’t about the money High school schedule big issue in Region 1 Reply

Pam Vogel, assistant superintendent of Region 1 schools. Republican-American Archive

FALLS VILLAGE – Some sentiment for rejecting the Region 1 school district’s 2017-18 budget in Tuesday’s referendum has surfaced.

Earlier this year, Assistant Superintendent Pamela Vogel proposed that a 4 x 4 block schedule be installed at the high school. It called for four 80-minute periods a day with full-year courses compressed into semesters. Eventually, that proposal was changed to a modified schedule that had 80-minute period days alternating with days of 40-minute periods.

Four years ago, it took seven tries to get a budget passed. At that time, opponents were concerned about the operations of the central office and repeatedly said money was not the reason they cast negative votes.

This year, parents and students attended packed meetings to express their concerns that block scheduling was being pushed through too quickly and that teachers, who had no professional development for such a change, had not been part of the decision. A “Stop the Block” blog also was established.

Why the Region One Budget MUST be defeated on Tuesday, May 2 Reply

we approach the Region One Budget vote on May 2, here are a few thoughts that came to us come from some students, teachers and parents, not only about the schedule, but the overall future of Region One. The identities of those who were willing to come forward will not be released.
“I am deeply concerned about the future of Region 1 and the educational system. As we approach the budget with no new schedule, the roads leading to a new schedule are slow as parents have actually spent little time discussing an actual schedule and the Leadership team even less”
” A request that parents and staff meet together so they can understand each other’s needs has not been fulfilled”
“The Assistant Superintendent did state “no 4×4″…but just one week later she introduced a 4×4 AB schedule. It is almost identical to a 4×4. Four classes a day although semester based classes were gone. She also stated the new schedule would be “very similar to the current schedule” although not exact due to needing I/E etc. The new schedule had 4 blocks, not 8. The new schedule did not rotate. It could not be further than the current schedule”
“I have made three inquiries on who the leadership team comprises of three separate times and as of now have had no answer”
To The Region One Report this is scary stuff. What do you think?
Now on to a related topic.  It is very apparent that here is a huge lack of communication within Region One between the Region One Board, The All Board Chairmen, and the administration. Here are just a couple of examples from the last two board meetings.
Example 1:At the budget meeting when the BOE was surprised at the new items being added to budget, and clearly unhappy..what happened? More miscommunication and more misunderstandings with Chair Andrea Downs saying that the BOE “thought” those items were included under professional development.It is hard to understand why didn’t they ask that at the meeting as it is clear those were new items.

Example 2: At the next meeting the $46,000 to pay for the NEASC training is out of the budget and will be paid for by grants. After inquires about the grant money taxpayers were told exact numbers were not known and taxpayers should email inquiries. Taxpayers also asked who the leadership team is.. and once gain are told that they do not have that information and email that request and they will be glad to provide. And yet the information requested was not provided. And after asking about the grants, the questions still not answered.
This is real..just watch the Region One BOE meetings on video.
Why are parents and staff on these schedule committees not allowed to communicate with one another during this process? Could it be they are being kept separate so the administration can tell each group what the administration wants them to hear? This administration has now created an even greater divide among faculty, students, parents, the BOE, and the administration itself. The Region One administration itself continually posts updates on the meetings.. but then, in reality, tells the people attending the meetings to not discuss what is being reviewed. The only views that are exchanged between the groups and the public are the administrations views of those meetings. The parent group and the leadership team are being kept separate, and the parent group and the leadership team, and the public are spoon fed information from an administration intent on total control.
There are now many more questions for the public to ask other than just the schedule. But with the budget vote Tuesday, May 2, it is our opinion that the budget be should be voted down for initially until the administration give a direct commitment to keep the same schedule in place, while transparently working with teachers, parents, students and the leadership team.
On Tuesday, May 2nd vote NO on the Region One budget, this is your only chance to pressure the administration and board into action on the many concerns the public has.

Please share with as many taxpayers as possible, lets use social media to turn out the NO vote on Tuesday, May 2.

Region 1 Board of Education members expressed concern that the proposed 2017-18 budget had been increased three days before Thursday’s hearing but absurdly all vote in favor! Reply

Some Region 1 Board of Education members expressed concern that the proposed 2017-18 budget had been increased three days before Thursday’s hearing, but ultimately the board voted unanimously to send the $15.8 million plan forward.
During discussion of the plan at Monday night’s meeting, members were told two additions had been made to the budget, which now totals $15,864,919, up $370,683, or 2.4 percent, over the current $15,494,236.
One is in the area of salaries. Assistant Superintendent Pamela Vogel said that in conducting a search for a new special education teacher, the one qualified person administrators found was someone completing a doctorate, so that 2017-18 salary had to be increased by $40,000.
Vogel said the other increase involves the appropriation for the school’s New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process that will take place next spring. That would rise from $12,000 to $58,000.
The $12,000 in the budget was to cover miscellaneous expenses, such as food and lodging for the visitors who come to the school to conduct the evaluation. The additional $46,000 will be used to pay consultants to assist the school in preparing for accreditation. Fullk story at the link below
 

, but ultimately the board voted unanimously to send the $15.8 million plan forward.

During discussion of the plan at Monday night’s meeting, members were told two additions had been made to the budget, which now totals $15,864,919, up $370,683, or 2.4 percent, over the current $15,494,236.
One is in the area of salaries. Assistant Superintendent Pamela Vogel said that in conducting a search for a new special education teacher, the one qualified person administrators found was someone completing a doctorate, so that 2017-18 salary had to be increased by $40,000.
Vogel said the other increase involves the appropriation for the school’s New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process that will take place next spring. That would rise from $12,000 to $58,000.
The $12,000 in the budget was to cover miscellaneous expenses, such as food and lodging for the visitors who come to the school to conduct the evaluation. The additional $46,000 will be used to pay consultants to assist the school in preparing for accreditation. Full story at the link below
 

Who’s on First? Reply

Has ALL communication stopped in the administration of Region One?! Three weeks of confusing information from the Region One Board Of Education, Region One Administrators, the administration of the high school. Then, if that was not enough….at Monday’s Region One BOE meeting, during the budget discussion, ANOTHER SHOE WAS DROPPED AT THE LAST MINUTE…. it was announced that there will be an EXTRA $40k added, above what was originally budgeted for an incoming special Ed teacher, because going for a PHD. On top of that, another 38k EXTRA added for consultants to aid in NEASC preparation. The board claims to have had no prior knowledge of those additions, which total around $80,000.00 extra at the last minute to the budget..A scheduled hearing on the budget is set for THURSDAY NIGHT at H.V.R.H.S. at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and receive copies of the proposed budget. Taxpayers should be incensed,this coming just THREE DAYS Before the budget hearing…very little time for taxpayers to consume all the information. This all would be fine if our administrators names were Abbott and Costello…