Here is the transcript provided to The Region One Report on a special board meeting on August 8 4

Here is the transcript provided to The Region One Report on a special board meeting on August 8 . It appears that the superintendent and a couple of board members had a plan to “send a message” to Lucille Page, but it had a MUCH different outcome than the “Axis Of Three”  had planned!

Transcript of Region 1 Board of Ed Special meeting August 8, 2012

RE: Lucille Paige’s contract extension

(The superintendent had intended this part of the meeting to be held in executive session, but when she conceded under questioning that she had not directly told Lucille that she, Lucille, had the option of having the meeting in public, the superintendent suggested that the meeting be held in public instead of executive session. **No members of the public were present).

Transcript:
Superintendent Chamberlain: As I indicated earlier, we did complete the evaluation. I reviewed that document with Lucille today. As per our previous conversation, once we were complete with that process Lucille and I are continuing to work on our improvement plan and our goals. We have a plan in place for next year that’s going to be a continuation of what we actually started this year to be finalized we hope at the end of next year. I am recommending a contract extension for Lucille with the following changes.
Marilyn(Yerks): Is this last year’s (contract)?
Chamberlain: This is her…(current?)…contract so you can understand the changes. If you go to page two there is a change in the insurance benefits. We are keeping this consistent with the non-certified contract and I believe the non certified contract is increasing at a 1 percent rate so the 7.5 percent to 1 percent up would be 8.5 percent. And the contribution that the board is making to the HAS in the non certified contract is decreasing – its going from 75 percent to 70 percent next year. Umm, the installments will be paid as they’re being paid to all employees. There’s no change in the travel expense. There’s no change in the pension. There’s no change in the evaluation. I’m going to recommend that we extend this contract for one year so there’s no change on the termination of the agreement clause, there’s no change on the general provisions. For salary, because there’s a change in health insurance, etcetera, etcetera, I would ask the board to consider a one-and-a-half percent increase on salary.
Courey Toensing: What did the non certs get?
Chamberlain: They received 1.9 percent
Courey Toensing: Why are you not recommending 1.9?
Chamberlain: I felt to recommend the full extent, the 1.9, would, would not honor the work that we’re working on with this improvement plan that’s in place that I’d like to see more improvement for the full amount to be achieved.
Courey Toensing: Hmm
Chamberlain: The one-and-a-half/ if we don’t do some increase at this point I think that the insurance changes would actually be a set back. So I think it’s important to acknowledge that we’re achieving some savings on the health insurance side.
(Phil(Hart) or Jonathan(Moore)); Good.
Phil: We can get into discussion now or we can continue discussion as part of a motion. I would accept a motion to extend Lucille’s contract for one year.
Courey Toensing: I’ll make a motion to extend her contract for one year with a 1.9 percent increase.
Marilyn: I second,
Phil: Now, are there any further discussions? Heaing none, I’ll call the motion, All in favor?
(Courey Toensing, Marilyn and Phil raise their hands for “aye.”)
Phil: Opposed?
(Freund and Moore raise their hands for “nay.”)
Phil: Any abstentions?
Chamberlain: I think it might have passed. Let’s see that again.
Phil: Okay. All in favor? We got Canaan, Cornwall and Sharon.
Scooter: I’m going to vote yay.
Phil: Okay. And Salisbury.
Chamberlain: It passes. So… 1.9 …Thank you.
Phil: Now, there being no other business I think I’ll ask for a motion to adjourn.

 

ANOTHER Principal in Region One Opts OUT Just Before The Start Of The New School Year 12

From the Republican-American this morning…

SALISBURY — Christopher Butwill, principal of Salisbury Central School, will leave to take a position in the Cromwell school system.

In a letter of resignation to Region 1 Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain, Butwill, who has been principal in Sal­isbury for five years, said he is leaving with mixed emotions.

He said while he has enjoyed his tenure, this new position “will allow me to work closer to my home and be more available to my family and community … I appreciate the knowledge and sup­port that has been consistently provid­ed. My time working in Salisbury has been an outstanding experience that I will draw from throughout my career.” Butwill, who lives in Burlington, was appointed by the Cromwell Board of Education on Aug. 1 to lead Woodside Intermediate School, a 500-student school for grades three through five.

His resignation becomes effective Aug. 24, and Chamberlain said his date of departure will be worked out

 

http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2012/08/09/news/local/661509.txt

Link to Republican-American Story

Pat Mechare Letter To The Editor Lakeville Journal 3

Let’s look at what this year’s HVRHS graduates may have taken away as examples of adult leadership from the Regional School District #1 Board of Education and the Regional Schools Services Center (RSSC-Central Office) administrators. Here’s how I see it:

That you can, apparently, deliberately ignore written, approved and in force
procedures and policies and do whatever you want with no
accountability or accepted standards. An example would be the lack of proper monitoring and review by the Board regarding expenditures at the high school and central office.Another would be failing to address the appropriate annual goals and objectives for the superintendent to pass on for consideration to the All Boards Committee of Regional School District # 1.

That you can, apparently, ignore parliamentary law and state statutes thereby
stripping a board member’s right and those of the citizens he/she
represents sabotaging self-governance. For instance, the representative of one town whose member acts as the chairman, can without the knowledge or consent of the rest of the Board decide what will be referred to the Board’s attorney, who will be “allowed” access to the information/opinion and spend, apparently unchecked,taxpayer dollars for any issue he sees fit.

That, apparently, it’s perfectly all right to be intolerant of board members and openly lack common courtesy to the expression of ideas and opinion which may differ from you own.Note the actions of Board members, particularly in February/March. Isn’t that called bullying?

That apparently, it’s acceptable, after a graduating senior raises concerns to a local school board regarding bullying,for the Superintendent of Schools to appear to dismiss the student’s experience by saying in response to that concern: “Not all incidents are bullying, some are bad behavior”.

That regardless of plenty of evidence to the contrary, it’s seems acceptable to pretend that there are no concerns to be addressed thereby evading your responsibility and ignoring the school and Board’s mission, while obvious problems fester and grow. Inaction by the Board on what has become known as “The Pinkpank Report” is an example.

That, apparently, certain employees and/or board members are not held to the same standard as the rest and are excused from being accountable for their actions. Note the “Aeron Watson”/FCC incidents.

That apparently, the Board is inclined to dismiss contradictory evidence
and apparent irregularities in procedure in a statutorily required non-renewal
hearing and render a decision in what seemed to be planned support for the
administration.

 

Fortunately, a majority of what our students internalize lies within the confines of the classroom. If the words of the 2012 valedictorian, salutatorian and class president are examples of the depth of good teaching, learning and life-skills taught then there arepositive adult role models and routine examples of integrity and civic duty in our students’ school life. The Board and RSSC administratorsneed to follow that lead and act like responsible adults.

Patricia Allyn Mechare

 

 

 

 

 

 

From The Republican-American today Reply

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Region 1 residents will conduct forum on school issues

BY LYNN MELLIS WORTHINGTON

REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

KENT — A group of con­cerned residents has decided to hold its own forum for pub­lic discussion on Region 1 issues, feeling thwarted by the Region 1 Board of Education.

A meeting is planned Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cornwall Library at 30 Pine St., Corn­wall.

One of the organizers is Edward Epstein, a resident of Kent and a former longtime principal of Kent Center School. He wanted to get the word out ear­ly about the planned meeting.

“It is important to discuss issues and share information and it can’t be done at a Region 1 board meeting,” Epstein said.

One of the topics will be a full disclo­sure of the Pingpank Report, which was created in the fall of 2010, after both the principal and vice principal abruptly resigned weeks before school was to start.

The report was presented to the board in January 2011 and Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain was charged, according to the meeting min­utes, to “create plans of action to address the issues cited in the Independent Report,” which was written by Jeffrey C. Pingpank. She has reported verbally about improved rela­tionships within the Central Office, but has not submitted any written reports.

Numerous parents have tried to discuss the report at subsequent Board of Educa­tion meetings, but the educa­tion board has not taken any action on it.

“The Pingpank report needs be shared with the pub­lic,” Epstein said. The 13-page report contains a number of recommendations.

The school district is unique in that it has individ­ual educational boards to gov­ern each of the six elementary schools and a regional board for Housatonic Valley Region­al High School. It was the first regional high school estab­lished in the state, set up in 1939. The Region 1 Board of Education is composed of a representative from each of the towns, Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Vil­lage, Kent, Salisbury and Sharon. The vote of each member is weighted by the pop­ulation of students at the school.

Epstein will serve as moderator of the forum. As someone who has 44 years of connection to the school district he feels well informed about it. He was at Kent Center School for 34 years and 25 of those were as principal. He has been an interim principal in both North Canaan and Falls Village, and he’s worked as a substitute teacher in all seven schools. He hopes to see a number of residents, board of education members and school personnel at the meet­ing.

They chose to have the meeting in Cornwall because it is a central location. Addi­tional meetings will be held at other locations.

“Some people view the high school as a Falls Village issue. It is much more than that,” he said. “There is concern in all the towns of the way the board and the central office person­nel are operating.”