SHELTON — Board of Education members Wednesday night got an earful from an irate Mayor Mark A. Lauretti, who had the public portion of the meeting reopened so he could air his concerns.
First, he said, he took offense after his “truthfulness” was “called in to play” by a certain board member.
Lauretti didn’t name the board member, who, he said, made “snide” comments about him in a newspaper article, but said that person wasn’t at the meeting. (Two members were not in attendance.) Lauretti also didn’t say what the comments were.
The mayor also told the board he wanted to define what a surplus is, adding what he considers a surplus is something the board calls “encumbered” money, which at times, has been as much as $842,000. “At the end of the day, a surplus is a surplus,” the mayor said.
He also took the board to task for spending money on “rock gardens” and “surveys” when they are still charging students to “Pay to Participate” in sports programs.
Lauretti also told the board that he is considering addressing such issues in the future via “other vehicles” including “direct mail” and postings on the city’s website.
He ended his comments by telling the board: ”If you want to continue down this path, I will oblige you.”