Middlebury's Region 15 BOE Members Shirk Duty [OPINION]

After Middlebury's Region 14 Board of Education members walked out of the May 14 meeting, a reader wrote about her disappointment in the situation.

Credit: Patch file photo
Credit: Patch file photo
The following opinion piece was posted by Beth Rosen on Woodbury-Middlebury Patch. Visit her post to join the discussion.

What do you think about the Middlebury members' actions and/or the budget? Visit the Speak Out board to share your thoughts too.

Rosen wrote: 

Shame on you, Paul Babarik (R), Francis Brennan (R), John Cookson (R), and Richard Spierto (R), the 4 Middlebury representatives to the Region 15 Board of Education for using our children as pawns in your political game. You are shirking your fiduciary duty to put the education of our children before your political gain. 

For those of you who did not attend, all four picked themselves up as the Superintendent finished her presentation of proposed cuts before any discussion began.  By doing so, there was no quorum, so there would be no comments from the public (although Ms. Perry allowed them after the incident), nor would there be a vote on the proposed cut, which leaves us with no referendum to vote on next week.  The longer this goes on, the worse this is not only for our students, but for our housing market and our community as a whole.  

Middlebury parents: Stop letting these bullies run unopposed and start telling them to represent your children and their education! Here are their email addresses so you can do so: pbabarik@region15.org, fbrennan@region15.org, jcookson@region15.org, and rspierto@region15.org.

Southbury Resident May 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM
I think those Middlebury representatives made the right call. Region 15 BOE wants to send almost the same budget for another vote. Which means its going to fail again. It seems its complete waste of money for both towns. Middlebury always voted against Region 15 budget, so unless there are 400 people in Southbury to counter vote last referendum, that budget is DOA. Also cutting science in Region 15 makes no sense, since Region 15 is way behind other schools in science. Whats the point giving kids education that will be good enough to flip burgers with their liberal degree. Science is where the future is.
Mike Rosen May 15, 2014 at 07:05 PM
See my reply below. You need to learn the facts as there is no way a rational person can agree with what happened last night.
Mike Rosen May 15, 2014 at 07:03 PM
You contradict yourself in your reply. If you care about science so much, how can you agree with what happened last night? Were you there? The two proposed revisions took what was already an inadequate investment in our schools, especially after three years of flat budgets, and reduced it further. Less than a 2 percent increase over what will be four years of neglecting our schools. The Middlebury BOE members had no intent to participate in the budget workshop, which was meant to hear the two ideas and then, as a board with input from the community, come to a solution that could be put to a second public referendum. The Middlebury BOE members made it clear last night they don't care what the public has to say nor do they want to participate in finding a solution...or they at least weren't willing to share their ideas with the public and other BOE members. Our kids and communities deserve better.


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