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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."

Robert Machado December 06, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Teri I was flummoxed you were re elected and on Nov 8th. I only wish I had a vote in your district as I believe attendance should be a basic requirement of serving. No matter how savvy you are in today's world of multi media it really doesn't replace actual attendance
Bill Bowles December 06, 2011 at 09:54 PM
The chairman is demonstrating why he was not re-elected. The voters of ward 1 elected Terri with the knowledge that she only attends about half the meetings. As a ward 1 voter, I did not vote for her for that reason, but in a democracy, you don't ask someone to resign after just being elected. That is an insult to the voters.
I can appreciate your comments Mr. Machado. Because of my schedule I wanted to make it very clear during the election what my existing commitments were so the voters were informed. Patch and the local newspaper did a good job of getting that information out there for me. I am committed to continue to do my very best to represent my constituents. I can honestly say I have done more than many that have sat in that room and sat silent. I too was shocked but pleased at the overwhelming support I received in the election. Again, if anyone has a concerns or questions, they can always reach me by email or phone. I do have one comment to add to this article. It’s necessary to correct one of Mr. DiCiccio’s incorrect statements. He states that I have been 75% late to many meetings. I have only been late to one meeting as I was driving back from dropping my daughter off at her college in NH – this additional meeting was scheduled with the minimum 48 hours notice and I already had a commitment. I arrived at the meeting just in time to vote NO to offering the Business Manager a new 3 year contract that would have included a $14,000 raise.
Sarah Wilberg December 06, 2011 at 10:35 PM
The voters of Attleborr elected George Ross last year. Many would argue that your continued involvement in the politics of Attleboro is an insult to the voters who, democratically, stated that they do not wish for you to involve yourself anymore. The truth is a double edged sword Mr. Bowles.
Mary Smith December 06, 2011 at 10:35 PM
I personally find MS Energren disingenuous. She did not make it known until late in the election cycle her intent to continue to travel so much to Florida and basically missing a good percentage of the meetings. I suggest you travel around ward One and ask your constituents how many of them read The Patch. One would think, you would have had enough respect for the folks your represent to have stepped down until you had the time to commit to the board.
Mary Smith December 06, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Sarah, What planet do you live on??? I am on earth! Last I knew every citizen got to vice their opinion. Who cares if George Ross won an election over Bowles?? What is your little point!!! missed here!
DebEgan December 07, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Talking with my friend who knows the things going on with the school board I heard that when Mr DiChiaccio requested that miss Enegren step down that he used the statement of "I formally request". If the chairman of the school board uses the words "I formally request" then he was doing it in his official capacity as the chairman, and not as a "personal request" as he informed the writer of this article. Makes me wonder why he did this without the other board members knowledge. Also it is known that Mr DiCiaccio was aligned with other school board members and candidates during the election, including Mike Levinson, Helen Johnson, Christopher O'Neil, William Larsen, David Murphy, Robert Geddis and Shawn Moran, the write-in candidate that ran against Miss Enegren. So both Mr DiCiaccio and Mr Moran was not elected so he formally requests that Miss Enegren step down so his buddy Moran would get in? It is not his place to make this request. Seems, like Miss Enegren stated, to be sour grapes on his part. Does make me wonder if Mr DiCiaccio has done or will do anything else against Miss Enegren in the last month before he is gone? If he does she should make us aware. Like Mr Bowles said, the voters have spoken. Mr DiCiaccio's actions are disrespectful to the voters of ward 1. Maybe if Mr Moran had the respect of the voters to run a real campaign, and not just decide to run 2 weeks before the election, the voters would have selected him, but he did not and they did not. Live with it!
Steven Scott December 07, 2011 at 02:01 AM
I can't believe there are no attendance requirements for these positions.Can anyone tell me if this is a paid position?I know we have a City Councilor who misses Many meetings and is still paid in full, that would never fly in the private sectors.
DAN DEVINE December 07, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Well said Sarah, The same could be said of Jerry Chase another rejected City official who can't seem to let go and thinks he knows it all.
Ellen Bradford December 07, 2011 at 12:23 PM
The School Committee Members receive a monthly stipend of about $350.
blueskies December 07, 2011 at 12:30 PM
plus benefits
RANDERS December 07, 2011 at 12:57 PM
I believe the amount is based on about 1/2 of what the City Councilors get which would be less than $350.00 and they are taxed and have to pay into the city's retirement system. I think that most of the members do not take advantage of the benefits because they all have full-time employment. But, I believe Mr. Moran was running specifically FOR the benefits as he has his own landscape business.
jacqueline December 07, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Typical Teri Enegrin; out of one side of her mouth she reaches into the past to bash the raise again, while out of the other side she laments Mr. DiCaiccio to "not live in the past to move forward"........late to only one meeting Teri? Hardly.....never mind playing on your cell during the meetings.
robwk December 07, 2011 at 05:23 PM
What's cheaper paying for this "no show" monthly or having another election? If she was to step down she or Ward 1 can foot the bill (apparently my taxes are going up already - thanks Council). Seems the voters of ward 1 have to just ride it out and IF their schools are last to get everything they know who to blame.
Kendelle Aronson December 07, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Bill - I typically disagree with you on political issues, but I think you are correct in saying "you don't ask someone to resign after just being elected. That is an insult to the voters." The number if missed meetings is concerning and I don't have a vote in that ward - but at the same time I have found Ray DiCiaccio to be very unprofessional and question the motive for his request.
jacqueline December 07, 2011 at 08:44 PM
The school committee members receive 300.00 month (3,600/year), and there are members who DO take advantage of the benefits and will continue to do so once the new members take seat! = ) hmmmmm wonder who they could be?????
Ronda "Roni" Lodge December 07, 2011 at 08:55 PM
I make it a point to watch all of the SC meetings and I don't know how Mr. DiCiaccio can claim that this member or any other member comes in late. Mr. DiCiaccio is just not being truthful. I know that Mrs. Johnson has stormed out of meetings when she is not getting her own way or she feels administration is not getting what they want. I'd rather have someone be absent then show disrespect to the entire school board by storming out and throwing a hissy fit. "Playing" on her cell phone?? Give me a break. At least she's not asleep. Mr. DiCiaccio is merely lashing out. He even took another board member off of a negotiating committee because it wasn't going the way the administration wanted it to. That should be investigated. I'm glad to see there will be some new faces in 2012 and glad to see that a couple of the hard working ones are returning.
Steven Scott December 07, 2011 at 09:20 PM
So at $300/month with 22 missed meetings that would be $3,300 plus any benefits she may or may not take, send me that check I'll call into.
Ronda "Roni" Lodge December 07, 2011 at 11:05 PM
I think your math is incorrect. Remember that is 22 meetings in 2 years and there were a lot of meetings. Especially all the crazy extra ones the Chairman called them in on.
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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