Board prepares for stormy weather, defends regional school board rep
FALLS VILLAGE â€” The Board of Selectmen approved the writing of a letter to the Region One Board of Education, and tried to expedite the purchase of a new sander for one of the townâ€™s trucks at the regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 10.
First Selectman Pat Mechare has expressed concern before about the treatment of Gale Toensing, the townâ€™s representative on the regional school board. Toensing has been an outspoken participant in a series of controversies, most recently the furor surrounding the August resignations of the principal and assistant principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Many people in Falls Village have expressed the opinion that other board members have been at the very least rude to Toensing.
Selectmen Chuck Lewis and Peter Lawson approved Mechare writing a letter to the Region One board â€œabout civility and professionalism,â€ as Lewis put it.
Falls Village highway crew chief Tim Downs reported via a letter to Mechare that the sander on one of the townâ€™s trucks is beyond repair. He had received two prices for a replacement machine â€” one for $7,450 and one for $9,896 â€” but the Board of Finance (meeting immediately before the selectmen) asked for a third quote. Mechare said she would direct Downs to do so.
â€œBuy the sander,â€ said Lawson.