Very Interesting..follow the trail of the Freedom Of Information Complaint talked about by Phil Hart On September 10 1

Last night Phil Hart, the chairman of the Region 1 Board of Education, mentioned that a Freedom of Information Act complaint was filed against the region and then dismissed, but he failed to give any further information about it. In order to provide full transparency to the public, here is the entire FOIA complaint that was filed, which was a complaint against Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain, not the Region 1 Board of Education, for failing to provide  Gale Toensing with documents regarding “Aeron Watson.” The superintendent ultimately did provide the documents — more than three months after they were oringally requested — and on the advice of FOI Commission Public Educator Tom Hennick Gale withdrew the complaint.  Below are all the documents that Gale filed. They are all public documents.  The top email is the last in the chain…also, email addresses have been deleted and names substituted for privacy concerns

Original Message —–

From: Gale Toensing
To: FOI CT
Cc:Judy Dixon, Lou Timolat, Pat Mechare
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 11:18 AM
Subject: Please cancel complaint
Dear FOIA Commission
On the advice of Tom Hennick, I’m requestng that you please cancel my complaint of June 4 below, which was docketed as FIC 2012-297 on August 21.
For the record, I orignally asked the superintendent for the documents on April 9 and delayed filing a complaint for denial of access until June 4 — almost two months later. The superintendent finally provided me with some or all of the records requested on July 23, even though she received them on June 5 as I was told by a witness who was prepared to testify under oath, if my complaint resulted in a hearing.
I realize how burdened the commission is under the new merged structure and I regret having to file complaints only to cancel them months later. But that is the situation I’m faced with here in Region 1 where certain officials refuse to abide by the Freedom of Information Act until they are faced with a complaint. My apologies to you for the extra work.
I’ve cc’d this email to Falls Village officials and our town attorney, who are monitoring the situation in Region 1.
With good wishes
Gale Courey Toensing
—– Original Message —–
From: Gale Courey Toensing
To:FOI CT
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 4:39 PM
Subject: Appeal of denial to records
 
            Dear Commissioners

I am writing  to ask the Commission to determine if the “access to public documents” provision of the Freedom of Information Act has been violated by  Region 1 Superintendent of Schools Patricia Chamberlain, who has denied me access to records after initially agreeing to provide them. 

This case may be a precedent-setting case for the Commission since it involves records maintained on the servers of a public agency. It’s a complicated case and I hope you’ll bear with me as I try to explain the background and why I am requesting these records. 

Here are the facts and background to my appeal:

I am the duly elected representative on the Region 1 Board of Education for the Town of Canaan (Falls Village).  The board is composed of six members — one from each of the six towns in the region — who oversee the policies and finances of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Pupil Services and the Regional School Services Center (the administration). 

  • On February 16, 2011, an “Aeron Watson” using the email address aeronw@hotmail.com sent an email with the subject line “Board Members Inappropriate actions (sic)” to all six board members and to Superintendent Chamberlain.  The email was critical of me and made a number of unsubstantiated accusations, including that I had conducted “illegal meetings” by sending emails to the other board members. This email is attached as AeronWatsonFOI1.
  • On March 27, 2011, “Aeron Watson,” using the same aeronw@hotmail.com address, sent another email to the same people and added Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves to the list of recipients. This letter accused me of exposing the board to legal liability, and other unsubstantiated allegations. Superintendent Chamberlain chose to include this March 27, 2011, email from “Aeron Watson” in the board packet for the April 4, 2011, meeting and distributed it to the local press, which wrote stories describing “Aeron Watson’s” allegations about me. This email is attached as AeronWatsonFOI2.
  • In February 2012, a Region 1 resident distributed documents to Region 1 administrators, board members and others from a website called EmailFinder, showing that the email address for aeronw@hotmail.com is registered to Scott Fellows, who gave his address as P.O. Box 1102, Canaan CT 06018 (which is the actually the Town of North Canaan) and his “home” as Falls Village, CT.   Scott Fellows is a math teacher and head of the math department at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. The EmailFinder documents is attached as AeronWatsonEmailFinderFOI3.
  • Housatonic Valley Regional High School has a contract called “Faculty/Staff Acceptable Internet Use Policy” that all members of the faculty and staff must sign in order to use the Internet service at the school.  Item 6 of the contract says, “Use of the Internet for any illegal activities is prohibited. Illegal activities include libel, unauthorized entry into computers, or deliberate vandalism or destruction of computer files.” Item 8 of the contract says, “Impersonation and anonymity are not permitted. Users must take responsibility for their actions and words.”  The Faculty/Staff Acceptable Internet Use Policy is attached as InternetAcceptableUseFOI4.
The bulleted items above complete the background.
There has been much controversy over the refusal on the part of the administrators and some board members to investigate or require accountability in the “Aeron Watson” case or even to acknowledge “Aeron Watson’s” identity. Since it appears that a violation of an established high school policy has occured and since the possiblity of further legal action exists, I think it’s important to address this issue and that’s why I submitted an FOI Act request to the superintendent for a search of the high school and central office servers in an effort to provide more evidence of “Aeron Watson’s” identity through his Internet activity.  
Reading from the bottom of the email string below, on April  9 I emailed Superintendent Chamberlain requesting “copies of any and all electronic communications (emails) retained on those servers that have been sent or received by “Aeron Watson” from January 1, 2009, to the present.”
Ms. Chamberlain replied on April 10 that she would “be happy to locate any information we might have for you. As the scope is over a period of 3 years, it will take some time to review the high school server and individual computer records you have requested. It should not take long to check the Central Office computers. I am out of the office, but will ask M. Curtis to begin to check the computers for possible “Aeron Watson” emails.”
A series of back and forth emails between Superintendent Chamberlain and myself took place on April 13, May 2, May 7, May, 8, May 18 (see below), and a letter through the post from the superintendent to me on May 18, attached as FOIrespPC052423FOI5
In her response of May 7, below,  Superintendent Chamberlain said she had found the two “Aeron Watson” letters in central office computers. In her response letter of May 18, attached,  the superintendent said that the high school technology team was spending two hours a week on my request.  These responses led me to think that the superintendent may have instructed a search of people’s computers for emails only, rather than the servers for all activity by “Aeron Watson,” which would take less than an hour to conduct.  So in a May 15 email (below) to Superintendent Chamberlain, I revised my request to read “conduct a search of the servers. . .for documentary evidence of any and all Internet activity by ‘Aeron Watson’ from January 1, 2011 to the present.” 
Superintendent Chamberlain received and opened my revised request  around 7 a.m. on May 22, see attached ChamberlainEmailReceiptFOI6, but she has not responded after nine business days, therefore, I am deeming her lack of response to be a denial of my request.
According to the FOI Act, Sec. 1-211: “(a) Any public agency which maintains public records in a computer storage system shall provide, to any person making a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, a copy of any nonexempt data contained in such records, properly identified, on paper, disk, tape or any other electronic storage device or medium requested by the person, including an electronic copy sent to the electronic mail address of the person making such request, if the agency can reasonably make any such copy or have any such copy made. Except as otherwise provided by state statute, the cost for providing a copy of such data shall be in accordance with the provisions of section 1-212, as amended by Public Act 11-150.”
Please determine if Superintendent Chamberlain violated the FOI Act by denying my request to search the high school and central office servers for Internet activity by “Aeron Watson.”  I also ask, realizing full well how “consolidation” has burdened the work of the commission, if this request could possibly be expedited.  The superintendent’s address is Patricia Chamberlain, Superintendent of Schools, Region 1 School District, 246 Warren Turnpike, Falls Village, CT 06031.
Thank you.
Yours truly

Gale Courey Toensing

138 Warren Turnpike

Falls Village, CT 06031

 

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—– Original Message —–

From: Gale Toensing GT
To:PC
Cc: Judy Dixon, Lou Timolat, Pat Mechare
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 8:39 PM
Subject: REVISED FOI REQUEST Fw: Freedom of Information Act request
 
Hi Patricia
Thanks for your attached letter of May 15, which I received in the mail last Friday just minutes after I’d sent you the email below.
I’m revising my request as follows:
Please have our IT people — Gina or Jonathan — conduct a search of the servers used by the Housatonic Valley Regional High School and the Regional School Services Center for documentary evidence of any and all Internet activity by “Aeron Watson” from January 1, 2011, to the present.
That means the search will not be for emails, but simply for a track of Internet activities in that name, and therefore, it won’t require a lengthy search for emails over weeks — in fact, it can probably be done in less than two hours.
Once again I forgot to ask you today for the email letters you found on central office computers. I’m guessing they are the “Aeron Watson” letters that were sent last February and March. Could you please stick them in an envelope and leave it with Lucille and I’ll try to get there this week to pick them up?
Thanks very much.
~~ Gale
—– Original Message —–

From:Gale Toensing
To:PC
Cc: Judy Dixon, Lou Timolat, Pat Mechare
Sent: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:31 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act request
 
Hi Patricia, I was planning to come and pick up the Aeron Watson emails you mention below in your May 7 email  today, but Lucille said you aren’t in. Sorry for the delay in picking them up — I had every good intention to do so right away, but the past few weeks have been hectic going back and forth to the two-week UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues going on in NYC.  So I will come and pick up the letters that were found on the central office computers on Monday. Meanwhile, I didn’t get a response from you to my email of May 8 below. I’m hoping that Gina and/or Jonathan will have completed their search of the high school and RSSC servers by now — those searches don’t take very long at all  — and I hope to receive copies of whatever documents they may find on the servers by early next week.
Thanks very much.
~~ Gale
—– Original Message —–
From: Gale Toensing
To: PC
Cc:Judy Dixon, Lou Timolat, Pat Mechare
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act request
Patricia, thanks for your email and sorry for the delay in responding; I didn’t read it until just now. Am I correct in understanding by your email that you found the requested emails in people’s computers, that is, in their email inboxes or other places by searching the actualcomputer files? And that Gina will conduct a search of the high school and RSSC computer servers?  If this is a correct understanding, could you please give me an estimated time when Gina and/or Jonathan will complete that task?
I’ll try to come by and pick up what you found first thing Wednesday morning.
Thanks very much.
~~ Gale
—– Original Message —–
From:PC
To:Gale Toensing
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2012 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act request
 

Ms. Toensing,

I have several emails from our computers in Central Office from Aeron Watson (which are two letters). There is nothing else either from or to Aeron Watson.  You will be able to pick them up today.  Gina is working through your request regarding servers.  I check in weekly on the progress and will provide you with any material related to your request for January 2009 to present.  
Patricia 

On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM, Gale Toensing  wrote:

Hi Patricia
I’m writing to find out the status of my request for our certified IT people — Jonathan and Gina — to search the high school and RSSC servers for copies of any and all communications sent to or received by “Aeron Watson.” To clarify, I’m not asking for a search of people’s computers, but of the servers that process everyone’s Internet usage. My request was sent on April 9.  Please let me know if you intend to fulfill my request as per your email of April 10 and when the  documents that I believe are on the server can be delivered to me.
Thank you.
~~ Gale

From: Gale Toensing
To: “Patricia Chamberlain
Cc: “Jonathan Moore”
, “Luara Freund”, “Marilyn Yerks” , “Phil Hart”, “William Tedder” ,Judy Dixon “Pat Mechare”  “Matthew Harnett” “Gary Brochu”
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2012 6:55:01 AM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act request

Hi Patricia
Thanks for your prompt response and apologies for the delay in getting back to you.
It would be inappropriate to have anyone from “central office” do the server search for two reasons: That task should be done by our certified IT people who have the expertise and also it would be better to have a neutral party do the search to avoid a perceived conflict of interest in having a “central office” staffer do it.
Hope you’re having a wonderful spring break — it’s certainly been a beautiful week for it.
Thanks.
~~ Gale


From: “Patricia Chamberlain” 
To: “Gale Toensing” 

Cc: “Jonathan Moore”
, “Luara Freund” , “Marilyn Yerks” <mt.yerks@sbcglobal.net>, “Phil Hart” , “William Tedder” Judy Dixon, “Pat Mechare” “Matthew Harnett” , “Diane Goncalves” , “Gary Brochu” , “Ross Grannan” , “Becky Hurlburt” , “Tracy Horosky” , “Dolores Perotti” , “Brian Bartram” , “Electra Tortorella”
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:08:18 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act request

Ms. Toensign,

I am in receipt of your FOIA request and will be happy to locate any information we might have for you.  As the scope is over a period of 3 years, it will take some time to review the high school server and individual computer records you have requested.  It should not take long to check the Central Office computers.  I am out of the office, but will ask M. Curtis to begin to check the computers for possible “Aeron Watson” emails.  
Welcome back,
Patricia 

On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM, Gale Toensing  wrote:

Patricia,
This request is made under the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Please conduct a search of the servers used by the Housatonic Valley Regional High School and the Regional School Services Center and provide me with copies of any and all electronic communications (emails) retained on those servers that have been sent or received by “Aeron Watson” from January 1, 2009, to the present.  This request is made pursuant, but not limited to, the following section of the Freedom of Information Act:
Sec. 1-211.  (Formerly Sec. 1-19a).  Disclosure of computer-stored public records.  Contracts.  Acquisition of system, equipment, software to store or retrieve nonexempt public records.  (a)  Any public agency which maintains public records in a computer storage system shall provide, to any person making a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, a copy of any nonexempt data contained in such records, properly identified, on paper, disk, tape or any other electronic storage device or medium requested by the person, including an electronic copy sent to the electronic mail address of the person making such request, if the agency can reasonably make any such copy or have any such copy made.  Except as otherwise provided by state statute, the cost for providing a copy of such data shall be in accordance with the provisions of section 1-212, as amended by Public Act 11-150.
Please note that the following section of the FOIA requires records to be retained under penalty of law:

Sec. 1-240.  (Formerly Sec. 1-21k).  Penalties.  (a)  Any person who wilfully, knowingly and with intent to do so, destroys, mutilates or otherwise disposes of any public record without the approval required under section 1-18 or unless pursuant to chapter 47 or 87l, or who alters any public record, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and each such occurrence shall constitute a separate offense.  (b)  Any member of any public agency who fails to comply with an order of the Freedom of Information Commission shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor and each occurrence of failure to comply with such order shall constitute a separate offense.  (P.A. 75-342, §16; P.A. 79-631, §24; P.A. 82-l88, §2.)

According to the following section of the FOIA, I should be notified within four business days if my request is to be denied. 

Sec. 1-206.  (Formerly Sec. 1-21i).  Denial of access to public records or meetings.  Appeals.  Notice.  Orders.  Civil penalty.  Service of process upon commission.  Frivolous appeals.  (a)  Any denial of the right to inspect or copy records provided for under section 1-210 shall be made to the person requesting such right by the public agency official who has custody or control of the public record, in writing, within four business days of such request, except when the request is determined to be subject to subsections (b) and (c) of section 1-214, in which case such denial shall be made, in writing, within ten business days of such request.  Failure to comply with a request to so inspect or copy such public record within the applicable number of business days shall be deemed to be a denial.

Since subsections (b) and (c) of section 1-214 deal with records contained in an employee’s medical and personnel files, I believe the ten-day provision in the above section does not apply to my request. If you do decide to deny my request, please provide a citation in the FOIA other than 1-214 (b) and (c) for the denial.

Thank you.

Gale Courey Toensing

Falls Village representative on the Region 1 Board of Education

 

NO DIRECTION FROM THE TOP Reply

When Chamberlain was asked Thursday if this case was the same family as two years ago, she declined to answer at the meeting. She also did not respond to a phone call at her office Friday  (Effective management 101   Stonewalling/a previous issue)….

http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2012/09/09/news/local/668516.txt

Republican American full story link

BY LYNN MELLIS WORTHINGTON

REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

KENT — The first selectman is urging the Kent Board of Education to investigate a sus­pected case of a non-resident attending Kent Center School and failing to pay tuition for four years. First Selectman Bruce K. Adams brought the issue to the board’s attention Thursday after working on it for several weeks.
He (First Selectman Bruce Adams) said he contacted Super­intendent Patricia Chamberlain in mid-August. “She was here on the first day of school and it was handled very professional­ly,” Adams said. he said the child continues to attend Kent Center and he’s concerned that it hasn’t been really dealt with.
When Chamberlain was asked Thursday if this case was the same family as two years ago, she declined to answer at the meeting. She also did not respond to a phone call at her office Friday.

An additional story the Litchfield County Times

http://countytimes.com/articles/2012/09/08/news/doc504a4a61452b1339794271.txt

Full story link to the Litchfield County Times

Ms. Chamberlain responded like this:

Mrs. Chamberlain noted Tuesday night that the school board has never budgeted funds to address student residency issues. “If the board wants to consider that, we should have a discussion,” .

Our response to Superintendent Chamberlain. Have a discussion? Have a discussion? The problem of residency in Region One Schools is  over TWO YEARS OLD.  Where has the Superintendents leadership been with the local board?   Where? We can tell you where…NOWHERE. Local boards get plenty of push when it comes to administrative contracts, as a matter of fact, lawyers are hired every year by the administration to change three-year contracts into yearly contracts. This is an issue the administration has failed to handle with the local board  for over two years now. It has cost the Kent taxpayers thousands of needless dollars…Where has the Region One  Representative from Kent been in this issue? Has he been out there reminding the administration of the continuing problem for two years? The town of Kent pointed out this problem over two years ago..this is another miserable example of the failed leadership and communication abilities of  The Region One administration,  the superintendent, and Kent’s representative  on the Region One Board Jonathan Moore. A total lack of leadership and communication.

From This Mornings Republican-American 2

When will the Region One Board realize the taxpayers can’t keep sustaining the high administration cost when enrollment keeps declining this rapidly?

Link to story

http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2012/09/08/news/local/doc504ac1812b22c563062269.txt


Enrollment as of the first day of classes  August 27: A decrease of 87 students, or 5 per­cent districtwide from the same day last year.
Official figures for the year as of Oct. 1.
The largest drop is seen at Housatonic Valley Regional High School that now has 59 fewer stu­dents. The total is 416, down from last year’s 475.

One school had a slight increase:  North Canaan Elementary School, which has two more students than last year with a total of 315.

Salisbury Central School remained static at 309.

Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village: 75; 86 in 2011

Cornwall Consolidated School, 101, 106 in 2011

Sharon Center School, 182, 192 in 2011

Kent Center School, 271, 275 in 2011. 

My personal response to Mike Flint and the inaccuracies and half truths he is fond of posting about (Tri-State Public Communications) 7

Here is Tri-State Public Communications response to another error filled Mike Flint Blog posting sent to us by one of our supporters. While we dismiss Mike and his 6-10 followers, we will not let him continue to distribute half-truths, inaccurate information, poor and sloppy investigative results…

Mike Flint continues his history to distribute half-truths, and inaccurate information via his blogs to his 6 or 7 viewers. It is history to claim to be investigative, but, as turns out most the time, Mr. Flint is only about 50% accurate. It is pretty amazing that Flint, who is opposed to Salisbury selling its old firehouse asset to help pay for the new one, so opposed that he has cost the town of Salisbury $400,000.00 already, is now in favor of Sharon selling it’s asset at 67 Main Street for a significant loss! Hmmmm, could Mr. Flint have an agenda to costs local towns their assets and money for personal vendettas? As his favorite network says…WE REPORT…YOU DECIDE.Read below what Flint has posted, and our response to that post, you will see, once again Flint’s half-truths, lack of follow-up, and lack of business sense.Here is what he wrote:

Some facts about Tri-State Public Communications …

Tri-State was founded in 2002 X Correct!

Tri-State operates public access television in the Lakeville
Franchise of Comcast Cable and WHDD Radio X Correct

Tri-State has posted operating losses for a number of years (its fiscal year is Jan. 1 to Dec. 31).

2009 – ($ 27,487.00)

2010 – ($ 67,135.00)

2011 – ($ 508,157.00) !!!!!WRONG! $347,475.00 (and that money has been invested in equipment, and in anticipation of an expansion that should come to fruition by October 2012!)

Tri-State is carrying a large debt load – as of Dec. 31, 2011 – $ 768,142.00 (This is to one of the members of the board of directors) X Correct and obviously written by a person either ignorant or not understanding the acceptable risks a business takes to expand and grow in a recession. What successful company does not incur debt when they constantly improve, expand and keep their company on the leading edge in economic down times?

Tri-State also shows another $ 104,004.00 in ‘unsecured notes and loans payable to unrelated third parties’.
No kidding! See above!

Tri-State’s underwriting revenues are down substantially in the 2011 fiscal year. X WRONG In a down economy Tri-State INCREASED it’s underwriting by close to 50% by almost $50,000.00!!!

A lesson for Mike Flint..DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE INTERNET! Had Mike Flint checked our website, or with the IRS, the accurate information is posted! One week after we filed our 990, an amended 990 was filed with the IRS.

Once again, Flint is just plain wrong, inaccurate, and vindictive to a fault, as are his little band of Flintites.

Let’s see if he corrects his errors, or, as in Flint tradition, blames someone else.

Oh, and by the way, in the interest of full disclosure, while trashing Tri-State Public Communications behind our backs, Flint received $93,375.00 in compensation for his services from December 2007 to September 2011. Who has hired Mike Flint and paid him that  money recently? The last persons to do so, and the only people to do so in the past 5 years, has been Tri-State Public Communications.

Flint refuses to write about our biggest mistake, his hiring.

For all to see, our 990’s are posted on our homepage athttp://robinhoodradio.com/ (under about us).
Check for yourself and see how misinformed Flint is.

Some Great News about H.V.R.H.S, it’s teachers and students…. 7

We here at The Region One Report have received the CAPT scores for Housatonic.  Below is a link to the scores so you can compare how Housatonic fared over the years, and compare Housatonic to other schools, and  to the state averages.
From what we can tell Housatonic is above state average in all subjects.
Well done teachers and students…

Update of Cornwall Principal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3

This is the story that WAS verified by the Region One Office this morning, and then twenty minutes later, the Region One Office called to say it was not true, the Cornwall Principal was staying….after you read the line, see below for why he is staying.

Another Region One principal is GONE! Cornwall’s principal has just resigned.

********note, we just received a call from REGION ONE to tell us the principal IS NOT resigning…..stay tuned.

 

Reason he is staying. Region One Report has been told by two unnamed sources that the Cornwall Principal received a RAISE. We are awaiting verification on this…..

Lawrence Van Valkenburgh’s letter to the Region One Board 2

Dear Region One Board of Education members,

You were told that Steve Hurley was absent for 25 days. The central office asked him to sign off on the truth two weeks ago — the truth being that he was actually absent for 12 days (which is below average for the staff and teachers). Your process and attorney prevented him from being allowed to respond so the lie that he was absent for 25 days was conveniently allowed to stand — convenient for the administrators who wanted “to get rid of him,” as former Assistant Principal Maryanne Buchanan testified under oath. But the system also counts on you to have intelligence and awareness that you are being lied to. Think about Patricia Chamberlain and ask yourself why you keep letting her deceive you — and by extension the public whose taxes pay her salary and support the school. I am tired of trying to make you aware. But I am far from worn out — only just fascinated by your stupidity or your complicity in the deception, or both.

Next, Steve Hurley resigned from his previous employment. He did not leave with his ass on fire the way Diane did from Orange, CT. Steve resigned in the same way that Matt Harnett resigned in his previous district but the fact that Harnett was not going to be renewed didn’t stop him from being hired in Region One. That makes the decision to non-renew Steve Hurley arbitrary and capricious. By the way, I hear that Matt will be arrested for perjury — is that true? That must be because he’s taking the fall for the job evaluation of Steven Hurley that Diane was supposed to do in 2011 and failed to do, as was mentioned in my last email.

Anyway, back to Steve Hurley. Brochu and Chamberlain had absolutely no justification for not renewing Steve’s contract so they went digging into his previous employment just a few days before the hearing with a Freedom of Information Act request for documents from his personnel file. So if they were looking for reasons to get rid of Steve then, what was the basis for the non-renewal back in March or April? Scooter and Marilyn spoke after the hearing about the two issues I just mentioned — the bogus 25 days absence and the bogus previous non renewal — and both of those are false. So, Patricia acted capriciously and arbitrarily in recommending non renewal of Steve’s contract. Someone please define capricious and arbitrary for Jonathan and Laura – (they are the ones who are leashed to Patricia).

You people owe Steve Hurley his job back. We are not the kind of people who do what you are doing and allowing Patricia and Diane to do.  Someone congratulate Diane for me –  for her promotion to Principal of the HVRHS.  We are told she is the curriculum engineer and over the last couple of weeks she managed the screwing over of the gym staff. Isn’t that Matt’s job? Was it curriculum related? The CEA Union seems to spend a lot of its time managing Central Office abuse. Didn’t Diane assure us that she was not managing the High School? What could we save if we contracted out her job? What would we save if we had a Superintendent that didn’t need a lawyer (multiple lawyers) to cover over her actions so much of the time?
When will we speak about Scott Fellows? Are you asking yourselves why Patricia is protecting him so aggressively at the cost of your reputations? By “your” I mean each of you — Laura, Phil, Gale, Jonathan, Scooter, Marilyn.  We elected each of you to protect people like me, our tax money, our teachers and staff from letting happen all of the events that you are letting Patricia and Diane get away with.

Because of your ignorance and refusal to deal with these issues, I am calling upon each town’s Board of Finance to add to their responsibilities the job of auditing how the Central Office spends each dollar you — the Region One Board of Education — ask taxpayers to appropriate to Region One education.

I have other work to do. There is plenty more to type – but you all should be thinking about the steps necessary to remove these liars from our Region. I want to see teachers empowered and happy. What the majority of this BOE has allowed is a continuation of the worst aspects of Patricia Chamberlain and Diane Goncalves so well articulated by the fifty or so who risked their jobs and testified for the Pingpank report.

Lawrence Van Valkenburgh – West Cornwall

So now tell me there is not a problem with the Administration of Region One..Cornwall’s Principal just resigned (maybe not as we just received a call from Region One!) Reply

Another Region One principal is GONE! Cornwall’s principal has just resigned…3 in one year….and a part-time principal in Falls Village! Unbelievable..and some people continue to say there is NO PROBLEM with the Region One Administration?! And some people even have said this rate is normal! Region, we HAVE a problem.

********note, we just received a call from REGION ONE to tell us the principal IS NOT resigning…..stay tuned.