October 28, 2016

McCue appointed to CVU school board

Gene McCue

Gene McCue

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
The Williston School Board last week appointed Gene McCue to the open position on the Champlain Valley Union High School Board, effective June 14.
McCue told the board “the CVU School Board sounded like a good challenge and also a good way to stay active in the community,” he wrote in an email to the Observer. “I was with the Williston Little League Board for 11 years and miss the activity.”
McCue has two sons at or headed to CVU, one wrapping up his junior year and one who will head to the high school as a freshman next year.
“We have enjoyed the CVU experience greatly and I hope my participation on the board will help others (both parents and students) enjoy the experience as well,” he wrote.
McCue said he intends to spend the time until his position is up for reelection in 2015 learning the CVU board’s biggest challenges and offering ideas and energy to solve them.
Williston School Board Chair Kevin Mara said there were three candidates for the position.
“We chose Gene because he had served as a ‘budget buddy’ last year, has children either in or about to attend CVU, and has served as a youth coach in the community,” Mara wrote in an email to the Observer.
McCue will fill the position Williston resident and board member David Rath is vacating. Rath and his family are set to move to Dubai for two years.


  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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