A number of social media posts have pointed out that more than a dozen Bethel town employees have used their town issued email accounts to lobby for passage of the proposed annual budget. All appear to be from school employees.
Such emails from school employees would seem to violate school policy 4218.5, which states "The District's technology resources shall never be used to solicit commercial sales for personal benefit or for political lobbying."
The Community Gazette's review of public hearing comments posted by the Town on the Town website revealed more than 17 such violations. A number of these also appear to violate Connecticut statute 7-421 which prohibits political activity during normal work hours by municipal employees.
As these emails came to light at press deadline, we have reached out Superintendent Carver, Board of Education Chair Melanie O'Brien and Town Attorney Martin Lawlor for comment and will update this story as information evolves.
As of mid-afternoon on Monday, May 11th, Superintendent Carver has confirmed that she is now aware of the issue and will be issuing a district-wide email with a copy of the policy.