To the Editor:

I was disappointed to read your article and editorial in the Oct. 3 edition regarding the CNSU superintendent. While I take issue with the way old quotes from my staff were used to make a current argument, my main focus on writing this letter is to make some points perfectly clear.

No one has contacted the Department of Education about the superintendent and the situation other than the newspaper reporter herself. To state otherwise is misleading to your readers.The allegations made by your reporter about conflict of interest do not reach the level of a licensing issue at the state level. The authority to deal with conflict of interest issues such as the ones raised rests at the local level.

Every school should have policies in place regarding conflict of interest.

Our department is not taking a position on this issue. The authority lies at the local board level.

Thank you for your consideration in printing my letter.

Sincerely,

Armando Vilaseca

Commissioner of Education

Montpelier, Vt.

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