Today is Steve Hurley’s hearing at 3 pm at HVRHS. It is imperative that as many people in the community attend as possible. There is force in numbers. The board will see how much support Mr Hurley has, as long as people attend the hearing. This is one way we can get things changed. Please consider attending and let your voice be heard.
The bids come in…and, the winning bid comes in LESS than the budgeted price!
Great job building committee, thanks for you long hard work on setting up this
Another dysfunctional Region One Board Meeting..watch as it unfolds before your eyes again
So, at the end of the Region One Board Of Education meeting on June 4th I asked Phil Hart, Chair of the board, re: The Aeron Watson (Scott Fellows) letter, who was the attorney and who was the client in the attorney/client privilege claim made by the board and it’s attorney against Gale Toensing? I was told the client for the attorney was the board.
I then asked if because our superintendent was provided a copy of the letter from the attorney, did not that break the attorney/client privilege? I was told that our superintendent was an agent of the board. Well…if that is so, so is Gale Toensing being that she IS A BOARD MEMBER! So why was Gale denied access to the letter? I guess I will ask that at the next board meeting.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MMilesWHDD page by tomorrow morning, and on air on CATV 6 by tomorrow evening. We will post a link here on http://regiononereport.wordpress.com by tomorrow as well. Some highlights of the meeting n a nutshell:
1) The bids for the heating work on the renovation project came in, only ONE bid! And, it’s about $20,000.00 over
2) There appears to be a SURPLUS in the Region One Budget this year (right now it’s estimated at around $230,000.00) but they are awaiting a final figure by the end of June
3) The cafeteria budget is about $15,000.00 short for the year, money is needed for the science/Tech building for furniture, etc, as Scooter Tedder said at his first meeting many months ago, the microscopes at Housatonic need to be replaced, some were in use when Scooter and I went to Housatonic in 1971!
4) The region is still waiting to see the bids for the “roof” project
5) A redacted Aereon Watson (Scott Fellows) letter from the board attorney to the board was released to the board and public
6) Various other items on the agenda. It was great to see so many people there, and lots of folks from Cornwall showed up! And there were many statements and questions from the public to the board!
7) Gale Toensing put forward many motions, I think three were actually accepted by the board, and some existing policy motions were defeated!?
At the conclusion of the meeting, I suggested (and asked Sam Herrick if it was legal, he said it was) to take the surplus money (whatever amount) and put it towards the overrun for the heating system, to put it towards furniture and supplies for the science center, to purchase NEW microscopes as was a suggestion from Scooter Tedder many months ago. If any is left over, add it to the contingency fund for the roofing project, or purchase more iPads for the high school.
I wanted to suggest that Scott Fellows (Aeron Watson) be brought before the board in executive session for questions on his possible violation of school rules regarding internet usage, but never got a chance to put it before the board…oh well, there is always next meeting!
Yes, the budget passes. But there is a definite trend..a look at the number reveals quite a bit…
1) The budget passed because two towns voted heavily in favor (Salisbury 172-91) (Kent 74-18)
2) In the four other towns, the budget was defeated 298-254
3) Cornwall (the home of Region One chair Phil Hart) the budget passed by only 15 votes…the closest in over 10 years…
So, we now have the beginnings of an active, informed, interested taxpayer base that will grow over the next year. Attend more meetings, vote , participate in the process….we can make a difference, and we can be heard!
The struggle to change the way the contracts are written will continue, let’s see if we can work to make a change by next year.
We know how tough it is to vote down a Region One Budget. And we know there are some that will say we are against education. Well that is poppycock.
Spend the money on programs, and teachers and support staff. The administration in Region One is adequately paid, and its good money, no, make that great money as well.
Let them get new contracts as they should, when their current contract expires!
GET OUT THERE AND VOTE!!!!!! As we write this there are under four hours to go in the referendum. EVERY VOTE COUNTS! Please make yours count today.
And thanks for the great response…remember, this is not a path that is quickly traveled. So far we have a toe-hold, we are now looking for a foot-hold, but, we have made great progress this year. It will be a long process to get our Board Of Education and Administration to let us be the full partners we should be. We have only just begun.