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School Board Chairman Embracing Budget Workshops, Teamwork

And he has come up with a new budget deliberation term to add to the posted pledges.

Board of Education Chairman Sam Adlerstein has introduced an interesting concept when discussing Wednesday's first scheduled 2014-15 school system budget workshop. 

Constructive tension. 

Does that really sound like Tolland during budget season? He said it could while adding he is looking forward to the workshops. 
 
"There has been tension in the past between the council and the Board of Education, but tension can be good," he said. "It has to be constructive. I like tension, but we have to turn it it into a win-win situation."

Public comment sessions have been included both before and after school board budget discussions at the workshops, he said.

He said he disagrees with many of the comments being bantered about town regarding lack of trust.    

"We are all really going to try to work together," Adlerstein said. "We outlined it as a goal and posted it in the council chambers."

The pledges to work together were adopted in December and are on a poster hanging in the chambers. 

Adlerstein attended Tuesday's council meeting and sent an open invitation to all of its members for the workshops. 

All of the workshops will take place in the Tolland High School library. 

Here are the dates and times: 

• Jan. 15th, 7 p.m. 

• January 22, 7:30 p.m. 

• Jan. 29, 7 p.m.

• Feb 5 at 7 p.m. 

Adlerstein said he hopes to have a bottom line to give to Town Manager Steven Werbner for his Feb. 13 community forum at the Fire Training Center. 
robert abbate January 15, 2014 at 09:51 AM
You go Sam! a Breathe of Fresh air with these discussions, holding both sides accountable for their actions, words and comments during the budget cycle is important.
Steven Jones January 15, 2014 at 03:03 PM
A lot of new faces all around, ready to not only to work together, but also actively reach out to their neighbors and fellow residents of Tolland to produce a fair, honest budget. A budget that maintains the property values, public safety/infrastructure, and educational excellence that has continuously made Tolland one of the fastest growing small towns in Connecticut.

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