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The Winsted Journal Editorial

School board members show disregard for rules

The Winsted Journal Editorial

The Winsted Journal is continuing to pursue a Connecticut Freedom of Information (FOI) complaint against the Winchester Board of Education (BOE) after the board refused to reveal email communications related to its business. Last week, the board attempted to backpedal on its own decision. Members now say they will allow only limited access, without a tape recorder or even a pad and pencil.

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Board must conduct the people’s business in public

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What is it that gives an elected board charged with serving the public credibility? Openness, attention to detail, understanding of its charge and an ability to fulfill it might all be good for starters. Conversely, what is it that might diminish such a board’s credibility? This question is more appropriate when talking about the current Winchester Board of Education (BOE). The behavior of this board has not helped its image in the community at large.

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Public deserves to know about school business

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A Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by The Winsted Journal more than a month ago for emails related to Board of Education business has yet to be fulfilled, and school board members appeared in no hurry to be open and honest when the issue came up on their agenda Tuesday night.

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Board of Selectmen ineffective, offensive

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On several occasions recently, members of the town’s Board of Selectmen have been notified by state officials that Winchester is out of compliance with the minimum budget requirement (MBR) for funding the town’s schools for the 2011-12 school year. And with each passing day, selectmen seem to be finding more ways to ignore the problem while fighting among themselves.

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Disgusted with Lieberman

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As if Connecticut residents need any more reasons to be disgusted with their senior senator, details were released this week regarding a meeting Sen. Joseph Lieberman had with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi as recently as 2009 to offer support to the embattled leader.

A huge mess to clean up

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With the Board of Selectmen deciding this week to challenge a ruling by the state that Winchester’s school system is being underfunded by nearly $1.5 million, it is clear that local students will start the school year in financial limbo, as state officials decide whether they want to entertain the complaint. As it stands now, the state has deemed Winsted to be out of compliance with the minimum budget requirement (MBR) for the town’s schools, which could result in the town being fined $2 for every dollar it has shorted the school budget.

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Rejection of Renzullo offer unsurprising

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Selectman Michael Renzullo’s plan to purchase a town-issued tax lien on the old Capitol Products Building took a blow this week when his colleagues on the Board of Selectmen voted to reject his offer of $25,000 to settle $84,203 in back taxes owed on the property. Though the decision is disappointing for supporters of development in town, it is not surprising, as there always seemed to be something missing from Renzullo’s proposal.

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O’Brien resignation less than surprising

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News that Board of Education Chairman Kathleen O’Brien has resigned from the board after less than two years on the job came abruptly, if not surprisingly, on Tuesday, when she submitted her letter of resignation to Town Clerk Sheila Sedlack.
Everyone knows there have been problems with the school board that warrant a change in leadership, but somehow O’Brien managed to leave a cloud of uncertainty behind her in her wordy exodus, leaving more questions than answers about what exactly went wrong.

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School board can’t hide incompetence

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In the latest example of incompetence, three members of the Winchester Board of Education held an illegal meeting Tuesday night to discuss a change in leadership — namely the resignation of Chairman Kathleen O’Brien.

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Good news on Whiting Street

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Many good things have been happening on Whiting Street in Winsted for the past decade, including the success of Whiting Mills artists’ studios at 100 Whiting St., the continued evolution of the American Mural Project right next door and now the rebirth of Hitchcock furniture in this heavily arts-infused zone.