Quality education for students will continue to be the priorityas the South Shore, Tri-County and Strait district school boardsmove to regional school board status in August 2004. Cabinet approved today, April 22, the recommendation to move thedistrict boards to regional status in time for the fall 2004school board elections. In 2000, the former Southwest Regional School Board was splitinto two district boards: the Tri-County and South Shore pilotdistrict educational boards. These district boards shared aregional service provider, which was responsible for managingfacilities, transportation, human resources and providingfinancial services support. The arrangement allowed the Tri-County and South Shore boards to focus on education. This structure, separating facility and administrative supportfrom educational matters, was extended to the Strait in 2002. Thelegislation that enabled both pilot boards will expire in October 2004. The amendment to move these boards back to regional status, withresponsibility for both education and facilities, will beintroduced under the Financial Measures Act in this legislativesession. It will include a provision that will allow the SouthShore and Tri-County boards to share administrative services.Tri-County supports such an approach. The Strait’s configurationis not conducive to the shared services model. “The Tri-County, South Shore and Strait school boards have allworked hard throughout the pilot projects to deliver a qualityeducation to students in their districts,” said EducationMinister Jamie Muir. “The new model will respect their work todate and provide for continued success.” The South Shore, Tri-County and Strait boards have all asked torevert to regional board status, but agreement about the newadministrative structure how, the new boards will operate hasonly been reached with the Strait board. Discussions continue with the Tri-County and South Shore boards.Representatives of these school boards and senior staff from theDepartment of Education have met many times over the past fourmonths to explore how to best establish a regional board withoutadding additional administrative costs that could divert fundingfrom the classroom. The meetings were the opportunity for theboards to contribute to new governance structures that would besustainable over time. A shared services model was discussed. “We know that shared services will work in the South Shore, butwe’re not satisfied that the proposals we’ve seen will protectresources for the classroom,” said Mr Muir. “There is more workto be done.” The department’s analysis found that the proposals from the Tri-County and South Shore school boards were not sustainable and hadinsufficient support services for information technology, humanresources and finance. The omissions would have a negative impacton the delivery of education programs to students and supportservices to staff. For example, the most recent proposal from the boards for twofull-service models, showed a need for at least $700,000 inadditional operational costs to make it sustainable and providenecessary support services. The department was concerned this shortfall in funding couldtranslate into salaries for at least 12 teachers. In addition,about $300,000 in one-time transition costs were not consideredand seven jobs could have been eliminated in the South Shoreoffice. The proposal did not include a plan to place these staffelsewhere. This proposal was not accepted. The department intends to work closely with the South Shore andTri-County boards to help them develop shared services that willbe effective and have the proper accountabilities in place. Partof the discussion will include reviewing shared service models inother organizations. “The department shares responsibility with the school boards tomake the new governance model work,” said Mr. Muir. “We will worktogether to ensure a smooth transition for students, staff,parents and others.” Meetings with the Tri County and South Shore boardrepresentatives will continue in the coming weeks.
BOSTON – Five members of a Teamsters local accused of intimidating the staff and crew of “Top Chef” while it was filmed in Boston last year were indicted Wednesday on federal extortion charges.The indictment says members of Teamsters Local 25 demanded that union members be hired as drivers. When the producer for the reality TV show said they had already hired their employees, the Teamsters warned they would follow the crew and picket, prompting the Omni Parker House in Boston to cancel filming there.The Teamsters also are accused of yelling profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at host Padma Lakshmi and the crew while they filmed at Steel & Rye, a restaurant in the Boston suburb of Milton.The men are charged with conspiracy to extort and attempted extortion in order to obtain no-work jobs for fellow Teamsters.U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said the Teamsters’ actions were “not union organizing, but criminal extortion.”“In the course of this alleged conspiracy, they managed to chase a legitimate business out of the City of Boston and then harassed the cast and crew when they set up shop in Milton,” Ortiz said.The local’s president, Sean O’Brien, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. O’Brien previously denied that any Teamsters had harassed crew members, calling the accusations “fiction at best.”A lawyer for Mark Harrington, one of the accused Teamsters, said his client denies the allegations.“His only conduct was to exercise his lawful right to protest a company that was not maintaining area standards of wages and benefits,” said attorney Rob Goldstein.Lawyers for the other men didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment. The men are due to appear in U.S. District Court on Wednesday afternoon.Joseph Bonavolonta, the acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, called the Teamsters’ actions “egregious.”“While unions have the right to advocate on behalf of their members, they do not have the right to use violence and intimidation,” Bonavolonta said.The indictment alleges that beginning June 5, 2014, the men conspired to force the production company to pay Local 25 members for unnecessary work by threatening physical and economic harm.On June 10, 2014, several of the men are accused of showing up at Steel & Rye, walking in lockstep toward the doors, then chest-bumping and stomach-bumping crew members to try to forcibly enter the restaurant. The indictment alleges that the men continued to use and threaten physical violence against the crew and others. They also blocked vehicles from entering the set and tried to prevent people from entering, according to the indictment.The indictment doesn’t specify at whom the men yelled profanities and slurs, but a person close to the investigation said Lakshmi was among those targeted. The person was not authorized to release details of the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The indictment said crew members saw the Teamsters standing close to cars belonging to the crew. Nine cars were later found to have had their tires slashed. Boston Teamsters members indicted on charges they intimidated ‘Top Chef’ staff during filming FILE – In a Thursday, May 14, 2015, file photo, television personality Padma Lakshmi attends the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2015 Upfront, in New York. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, five members of a Teamsters local accused of intimidating the staff and crew of “Top Chef” while it was filmed in Boston last year were indicted on federal extortion charges. The Teamsters also are accused of yelling profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at host Padma Lakshmi and the crew while they filmed at Steel & Rye, a restaurant in the Boston suburb of Milton. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 9:58 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email