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Attleboro School Committee Member Asked to Step Down

Attleboro School Committee Chairman Ray DiCiaccio has asked a member to step down.

After a heated and sometimes controversial relationship between Attleboro School Committee Chairman Ray DiCiaccio and Committee Member Teri Enegren, DiCiaccio has asked Enegren to resign her post from the School Committee.

Enegren, who has served for two years on the committee and was re-elected recently to serve another term, was asked to step down via an e-mail request.

The Chairman said it's because of her lack of attendance. Enegren, however, said DiCiaccio does not like that she requests information about school-related issues including the recent school bus debacle.

"Most people will respect the fact that unforeseen life changes are at the root of your absenteeism and that because you can not fully commit to doing the job the way it should be done, it would be best to give someone else the opportunity," DiCiaccio wrote in his email to Enegren.

"There are no recent changes in my life that have affected my serving on the School Committee," Enegren shot back. "I am still travelling as I have for the past two years so your statements are incorrect – you have known about my travel since the last election. Ray, I view your request as nothing more than sour grapes. Please move on and let’s look ahead and not back. It’s time for you to realize that you need to act like a Chairman, support your committee members’ effort and try to finish up your term with respect toward everyone."

DiCiaccio said his request was an informal request.

"This is a personal request based on community concern," DiCiaccio said  "I have received more calls and comments regarding this than any other issue over the last 22 months and felt I need to express my concern based on that.

"She has missed 22 meetings, which is more than double than any other member," he added. "That does not even include tardiness, there are many meetings that were 75 percent over before she arrived."

Steven Scott December 07, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Very possible , I just took the 2 meetings per month so 22 would = 11 months. either way that seems like an excessive number of no shows.
Ronda "Roni" Lodge December 08, 2011 at 12:48 PM
No doubt there were a lot of absences. I did notice that the bulk was after the chair kind of went haywire. Not making excuses, but my observation. What troubles me the most is that if Teri can do as much work as I see she is doing and be responsive to her constituents, who cares which or how many meetings she attends? She is clearly earning the stipend she is receiving. With that being said, I do have to ask what the excuse is for the members that ARE THERE at each meeting and do nothing outside of that meeting room. There are also many occasions where they do nothing IN the meeting room. A short time ago I put a call into Teri, Ray & Helen because they are my at-large reps. Only Teri returned my call and in within about an hour or so after leaving my message. She had the answers I was looking for and has since followed up to make sure I was satisfied with how things were resolved. I guess I'd rather have a representative show me they are engaged and care about my concerns then to just say that because they are at a meeting they are doing your job. Just my humble opinion but it's also my experience having dealt with SC members.
robwk December 08, 2011 at 05:24 PM
"who cares which or how many meetings she attends?".....are you serious? I'm sure all voters expect the people they elect to show up to the meetings for the particular committee (or council) they are elected to. Its fine that you support this person but lets not get ridiculous.
Ronda "Roni" Lodge December 08, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Not being ridiculous at all. I guess I find it more offensive that there are elected officials sitting on the Council and on the School Board that have done absolutely nothing during their term. They just sit there, uninformed and saying NOTHING AT ALL. I think that is more disgusting in my eyes. It was very clear both on Patch (which there are a lot of readers) and in The Attleboro Sun that this person expected to have attendance issues and the voters still supported her by a very large percent. So, let it be. Just as people slammed Cheri Felos for not "showing up" to help out during the power outage. Did anyone ever consider that her work may have kept her from that or even family commitments? At least Cheri represented her constituents when she served on the Council. But, the people have spoken and Sheri is not returning. But, while she served she did her job. All I really ask is for all of the members of School Board to do the job they have been elected to do. You work for the people and NOT for the administration.
Big Guy December 09, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Felos got slammed because she slammed Mayor Dumas and Cook for not being available during the hurricane. Low and behold Mayor Dumas was in the police station nearly around the clock manning the telephone and being the CEO and she was not there one time.

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