Wednesday, October 17, 2007

FOI Hearing Thursday Morning On Complaint Of Illegal Private Meeting

CT-N Plans Coverage

NOTE: The network sometimes tapes events for broadcast at other times. See schedule at CT-N site [links below] for updates of TV and streaming video schedules.

The Cool Justice Report
Oct. 17, 2007

The state Freedom of Information Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. on a complaint that the Regional District 10 Board of Education [Burlington-Harwinton] conducted an illegal private meeting on June 11, 2007.

Coverage of the hearing is planned by the Connecticut Network, CT-N.

for the daily schedule.

An executive session was called on June 11 for pending litigation -- apparently regarding Avery Doninger, the Lewis Mills High School student who was punished for engaging in political speech protected by the First Amendment.

Sources confirmed the board discussed the Doninger punishment in executive session.

There was no litigation connected with the Doninger matter at that time. The Doninger civil rights lawsuit was not filed until more than a month later -- on July 16.

The Board of Education faces civil penalties including a fine for conducting a private meeting without a legitimate reason.

According to unofficial minutes, the BOE members present at the June 11, 2007 meeting were:

Joseph Arcuri, 127 Harmony Hill Road, Harwinton CT 06791, (860) 485-1547

Beth Duffy, Chairperson,187 North Road, Harwinton, CT 06791, (860) 485-9285

Paul Omichinski Treasurer, 69 Gilbert Lane, Burlington, CT 06013, (860) 675-3849

Elaine Schiavone, 6 Lake Shore Drive, Harwinton, CT 06791, (860) 485-1905

Ray Sikora, 107 Mountain Spring Road, Burlington, CT 06013, (860) 673-7710

Jayne Stocker, 106 Mountain Spring Road, Burlington, CT 06013, (860) 673-4677

Karen Sullivan-Shepard, Secretary, 16 Two Buck Ring, Burlington, CT 06013, (860) 675-9590

Peter Turner, Vice Chairman, 14 Two Buck Ring, Burlington, CT 06013, (860) 675-5923

Administrators at the public meeting were: Paula Schwartz, Superintendent; Michael Landry, Assistant Superintendent; and David Lenihan, Business Manager

The FOI hearing will be held at 18-20 Trinity St., Hartford, by Bushnell Park and the State Capitol. The complaint was filed by Lauren Doninger, Avery's mother.

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