Dan­bury school board mem­ber re­signs; RTC to fill va­cancy

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Zach Mur­dock zach.mur­dock@hearst­medi­act.com

“I’m tak­ing on more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at work, and there­fore a lot more travel. It’s just not fair to have only 10 mem­bers there, so I thought it would be best.” Richard Haw­ley

DAN­BURY — Repub­li­can Richard Haw­ley re­signed his seat on the Dan­bury school board this week as his job de­mands more travel.

His an­nounce­ment opens a va­cancy ex­pected to be filled by the Repub­li­can Town Com­mit­tee, per city tra­di­tion, but any res­i­dent 18 years or older is per­mit­ted to ap­ply by Oct. 25.

Haw­ley has served on the board since 2011, but this year he has missed nearly half of the board’s meet­ings while trav­el­ing the coun­try as a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for a Wis­con­sin-based pa­per man­u­fac­turer.

He has taken on more accounts — es­sen­tially the en­tire eastern half of the coun­try — which means he’ll be on the road even more in the months ahead, he said.

“I’m tak­ing on more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at work, and there­fore a lot more travel,” he said. “It’s just not fair to have only 10 mem­bers there, so I thought it would be best.”

Repub­li­cans are ex­pected to nom­i­nate for­mer school board chair­man Ralph Pi­etrafesa to re­place Haw­ley, GOP Town Com­mit­tee Chair­man Jack Knapp said.

Pi­etrafesa was un­seated in last fall’s elec­tion when he and Repub­li­can Emanuela Pal­mares fell just short of the other top vote-get­ters on the bal­lot.

But just af­ter the elec­tion, Demo­crat Jeanne Grandieri de­clined her seat on the board so she could keep her new job as a be­hav­ioral ther­a­pist with the school dis­trict, since state law pre­cluded her from serv­ing as both si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

The re­main­ing board mem­bers — split 5-5 be­tween Democrats and Repub­li­cans — then fought over her re­place­ment for months un­til even­tu­ally se­lect­ing Pal­mares in Jan­uary.

The board ex­pects to se­lect its nom­i­nee from the lo­cal Repub­li­cans, but the seat is open to any ap­pli­cant wish­ing to ful­fill the re­main­der of Haw­ley’s term through Novem­ber 2019.

The town com­mit­tee likely will con­sider Pi­etrafesa’s nom­i­na­tion at its meet­ing Mon­day night, Knapp said.

The board ex­pects to con­sider the nom­i­nee or in­ter­view all the ap­pli­cants, if oth­ers ap­ply, at its meet­ing in Novem­ber, John­ston said.

“Richard will be sorely missed,” John­ston said. “He’s a busi­ness­man and he’s phe­nom­e­nal with num­bers, so he’s been heav­ily in­volved in the con­tracts and the bud­get­ing. We’re hop­ing to get some­body to step up who can try to fill his shoes in there.”

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