God, Mark Twain wrote, made idiots for practice, and only then proceeded to make school boards Reply

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From The Register Citizen March 24

God, Mark Twain wrote, made idiots for practice, and only then proceeded to make school boards. Governor Malloy seems to concur, proposing, among his education reforms, to deprive school boards of the authority to hire and fire teachers and instead vest that authority exclusively with school superintendents.

As a practical matter this probably wouldn’t make much difference, since most Connecticut school board members long have been mere ciphers, taking direction from the superintendent they hire rather than giving him direction. And why not? These days a Connecticut school board can’t do much more than sign off on contract arbitration awards for their unionized employees. Most of a school budget is formally considered off limits to democracy, constituted by the “fixed costs” of employee compensation, transportation, and utilities, and most matters of ordinary school administration are tightly constrained by either state or federal law. So these days Connecticut’s school systems pretty much run themselves — often into the ground.

But there’s a problem with the governor’s proposal in principle, and that principle is quaint old democracy. If a school board’s authority is to be even more limited than it is already and if the public’s ability to influence the direction of its schools is to be reduced to nothing, there’s little reason to have school boards in the first place. In that case the superintendents themselves should be elected, though of course they would never accept the accountability that would come with that.

The governor’s proposal underscores a big problem with public education in Connecticut — that so little of it is public. Removing hiring authority from school boards will only give board members another excuse to shrug helplessly in the face of complaints, and public education already is full enough of excuses.

Looks like most of our Region One Board, eh!?

Read the full story here….scary stuff…..

http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2012/03/24/opinion/doc4f6e7cdc6b6e7691654001.txt

Patricia’s mean, nasty and not accurate side erupts again last night…. 2

Patricia once again showed her fangs, nasty attitude, and wrong information as she did last month, this time with long time Kent Principal Ed Epstein…claiming that Epstein had a three-year contract when he retired…Ed had 22 one year contracts before that one three-year retirement contract.  She said she knew that to Ed after the meeting last night.  Again, classless, arrogant, mean,and not truthful by our superintendent…her true colors show thru.

Phil Hart and the Region One BOE said our Superintendent is underpaid compared to the other districts…LOOK at this story from The Republican-American today….AGAIN more untruths and mis-information 4


Kloczko merits an ovation
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New city school head brings passion for children to job

BY KEVIN LITTEN 

REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN 

TORRINGTON — The Board of Education on Wednesday confirmed Cheryl F. Kloczko as the district’s new superinten­dent of schools and was greeted with a standing ovation from an audience of about 30 teachers and parents.

The board also announced Kloczko’s salary as $142,250 an­nually, the same salary paid to former Superintendent Christo­pher G. Leone who left the dis­trict in August. Kloczko said in remarks Wednesday evening that “for all you teachers and community members, we’re in this together.”

And while Rome burns, the administration fiddles…and gets raises 1

Republican-American Wednesday , March 28

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FALLS VILLAGE — If the Region 1 Board of Education gives its approval, residents will be asked to vote on two questions at the upcoming budget referendum on May 8: the proposed budget and an ap­propriation for a building proj­ect that includes reroofing a portion of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, an up­grade to heating systems and meeting requirements for handicapped access.

The standing building com­mittee of Region 1 is recom­mending the work be combined into one large project, taking into consideration the histori­cally low interest rates current­ly in place, said Business Manager Samuel J. Herrick.

“Members consider the dis­trict’s debt service require­ments and other liabilities when scheduling capital projects and its impact on the budget. They believe they can achieve sav­ings through economies of scale of managing the work as one project rather than three indi­vidual projects.”

Committee Chairman Frank Perotti of Canaan said he favors adding the work required byt the Americans with Disabilities Act into the plan. “We have no choice. It has to be done to meet the requirements. We won’t be doing all of it this year, but we have to come up with a plan.”

He said the district will be getting 43.2 percent reimburse­ment, “which is a help.”

Working with Jacunski Humes Architects from Berlin, and ADA compliance consult­ant Christopher Laux, the com­mittee came up with the proposal that has a price of $3.5 million.

After taking grants into con­sideration, the cost of the roof to taxpayers will be $1.3 million; the heating system, $260,000; and the ADA piece, $738,270, leaving a bond issue amount of $2.3 million. Grants are avail­able for the roof and ADA work, but not the heating system.

Here we go again, more raises for the administration, more rewriting of the contracts after they were torn up and re-written just last year! When is enough going to be enough!? 1

From today’s Republican-American

FALLS VILLAGE — The All Boards Committee of Region 1 has recommended 2 percent or 3 percent raises and added one­year contract extensions to 2015 for central office staff.
The proposal is now forwarded to the Region 1 Board of Education, which is the body authorized to set those employ­ment conditions. The board is meeting tonight at 5 to finish the 2012-2013 budget, which will include those costs, if approved.
The same contract extension proposal was made last year and there was resistance by residents who said such a procedure ties the hands of future boards. Members of the ABC Committee, which is made up of the chairmen of the region’s seven boards of education, as well as some on the school board, said not extending the contracts would give a message to the administrators about their performances and might send a signal they should look for other jobs.

Attorney Judith Dixon was asked by the Falls Village Board of Selectmen to comment on the procedure last year. She wrote a letter expressing her concern about the contract ex­tensions, calling the move a poor business practice that places both the superintendent and assistant superintendent in a much superior bargaining position to the school board. Dixon also is town attorney for Sharon and Canaan.

At a recent meeting, ABC Committee members voted to offer Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain a 2 percent increase, a one-year contract extension to 2015, five more vacation days, amounting to 25 days total, and three more personal days, for a total of five. The proposal also continues to pay the annuity included in her salary. Her salary will be $160,407. Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves will earn an additional 2 percent, bringing her salary to $135,502, a one-year contract extension to 2015 and a $2,500 annuity.

Business Manager Samuel J. Herrick will get a 2 percent raise, plus a 1 percent salary adjustment, bringing his total to $110,183. His contract will be extended to 2015.

The proposal for Director of Pupil Services Carl Gross is a 2 percent salary increase and a 1 percent salary adjustment. He will earn $124,027 next year and also receive a one-year contract extension to 2015.

Martha Schwaikert, supervisor of special education, is slated is get a 2 percent raise and a contract extension to 2015. The committee also voted to add 10 days to her work year, going from 200 to 210. She will earn an additional $4,785 for the extra days, making her complete package $102,495.

PHIL HART NOW HAS A COMMENT SECTION ON THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT REGION ONE BOE MEETING!!?? WOW, WE THOUGHT BOARD MEMBERS COULD SPEAK ANY TIME THEY LIKE AT THE MEETINGS!!!!! 1

What!  “chairman’s comments”!  The Region One Board Of Education meetings are comments and information from board members all night long…has anyone ever heard of a chairman putting himself on the agenda for his own personal comments?!!! Imagine if Gale would try and do that…she would be shot down in a minute. Phil Hart is showing more and more that he is NOT qualified to be chairman of the Region One Board, period.

Region One Board of Education Special Meeting Wednesday, March 28, 2012 5:00 p.m. – HVRHS Library Reply

P L E A S E   P O S T
 
 
Region One Board of Education
Special Meeting
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
5:00 p.m. – HVRHS Library
 
Agenda
 
 
 
 
1.       Call to order
2.       Public Comment
3.       Chair Comment
4.       Science-Technology Building Request 
5.       Roof Project- Resolutions/ADA Work
6.       Contracts:  Central Office Employees – ABC Recommendation
7.       Budget
8.       Public Comment on agenda items
9.       Executive Session Anticipated for personnel performance and contract negotiations for Principal and Assistant Principal
10.   Adjourn