Youth Commission rumors lead to tense board meeting in Westport

— “It does seem there is a lot of tension when the Youth Commission comes in to the board,” Youth Commission board member and Bridgette Blemel said after the meeting. “I'm glad the board got to hear from the community and hear what the people feel.”

Connell said after the meeting he believed everyone at the meeting was given a chance to voice their opinion, but he said the whole situation could have been avoided if information said during an executive session wasn’t divulged to the public and misinterpreted.

“I think its unfortunate when board can’t go into executive session and the outcome are those discussions are repeated at a public meeting,” Connell said.

Connell said he hoped a similar issue wouldn’t occur in the future and felt it was unfortunate the children of the community had to see their superiors in such a ways.

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