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Bruce LeVine Mellion
Bruce LeVine Mellion, long-time president of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers had a true passion for Norwalk schools.
Our hearts go out to his
family and friends.
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Bruce Mellion took offense, again according to The Hour; "It's a horrific statement to use in any context, and it shouldn't have been done," said Bruce LeVine Mellion, president of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers.
Norwalk Public Schools
Mr. Bruce Mellion, the NFT President said that there was a disparity between pages 11 and 12 in the budgets and that the health insurance was contradictory to the email blast that was sent out.
Those two documents should line up, but don't.
said that there are some questions about what the Federal Stimulus funding could be used for.
OTHERS: Dr. Salvatore Corda, ...
OTHERS: Dr. Salvatore Corda, Superintendent of Schools; Board Member Shirley Mosby, George Gianetti, Food Service; Dr. Dan Cook, Norwalk Public Schools Finance Director; Jerry Patrini, Bruce Mellion, NFT President
had several questions about the obligation of the student to pay for lunches in the same manner that they are required to pay for their lost textbooks or graduation fees.
added that the parents should be informed when the outstanding debt reaches $15.00 rather than $10.00 because the meals cost $3.00 a day.
commented that regarding the band, originally the band played at football games that that was the extent of it.
It would be good to determine whether the competition portion of the program was an add-on.
also pointed out that there had been a number of mailings to the parents that were costly and if a household had more than one student enrolled in the same school, duplicate mailings were sent to the parents.
suggested that bulk mailings be utilized and that duplications on the list be eliminated.
Regarding Naramake, Mr. Mellion
said the resource center occupies two classrooms at Naramake and suggested that the 501c3 pay rent to the Board for the use of those rooms.
said that he
was happy that Vanguard and Fidelity
would be rejoining the system because there were about 600 people participating in the 403b program.
I would say that one or ...
I would say that one or several better yet, get together, speak to Bruce Mellion of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers Union or to BOE members first.
, what do you think?
Jack Chiaramonte brought this up or it would haven't been rescheduled at all - a slap in the face to diversity as well as Bruce Mellion's
call for better communication.
119 Bruce LeVine Mellion
// Nov 27, 2007 at 11:16 am
The author is none other than the mighty duck, Bruce LeVine Mellion
...Mr. Bruce Mellion, the President of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers, addressed the Board next.He
stated that the agenda contained five items (Item V. A-E).Mr. Mellion
said that regarding those actions, it would be appropriate within the law to have discussions and deliberation in executive session.Mr. Mellion
said that copies of the documents A-E should have been made available to the public ahead of time.He
pointed out that the copies of the documents were distributed at 8:05 p.m. and he
was not able to read through the document before the meeting was called to order.Mr. Mellion
said that the citizens of Norwalk and any other interested parties should have every opportunity to be read the document, comment, attend and give input if they so choose.When such a document is given out at five minutes after eight, that opportunity is precluded because there are no details ahead of time.Mr. Mellion
went on to say that when the citizens of Norwalk hear about these actions tomorrow and the teachers hear about it on the first day of school, Mr. Mellion
said that he
believed it would Ã¢â‚¬Å"play very poorly across the board.Ã¢â‚¬Â
They passed the Contracts out at 8:05 and gave No one any time to read through it so it could be discussed.Let's read on futher:Mr. Mellion
then suggested that the Board consider not taking actions on Agenda Items A-E tonight and make the documents available to the public in order to allow people to be aware of them, know the contents, make whatever comments they feel appropriate in an open and honest way.To give the impression that it is being done in a hidden, secretive, last moment action is in defiance of all the citizens.It is an action that needs to be considered.Mr. Mellion
said that tabling the items until September 4th to allow the citizens to have a chance to review and consider the consequences of the documents.He
said that this would be appropriate, reasonable and correct.Handing out only one of the documents at five after eight, with virtually no time for those present in the room to read and consider the contents, which is substantially incorrect, Mr. Mellion
said, was wrong.Mr. Mellion
said that he
believed that there would be Ã¢â‚¬Å"a wicked backlashÃ¢â‚¬Â if the Board approves the contracts without allowing everyone to consider and comment on the contents, if they choose to do so.
So here the board is warned by Bruce Mellion
that it is NOT RIGHT to vote on contracts that the public has not viewed so no no discussion can be made. we continue to read:Mr. Mellion
said that he
also found it interesting procedurally that the Superintendent is recommending the approval of the SuperintendentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contract.This seemed to be odd at best to Mr. Mellion
then reiterated that the Board should reconsider and table the approval of the contracts.He
stated that it was not the right way to start off the school year at all.