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PTA Ouster Stirs Controversy in Wilton

WILTON, Conn. – The former president of the Parent Teacher Association at Wilton’s Miller-Driscoll Elementary School said Thursday he knew his removal was coming.

During a Monday morning meeting, it was reported that David Crays and Vice President Robert Burkart were removed from their offices in a vote added to the agenda at the last minute.

“I’m not sure what they did was absolutely allowable,” Crays said. But the vote had the support of the State PTA and not enough members to vote against it.

Crays said Wilton High School President Tiffany Tecce and Wilton PTA Council President Heather Wilcauskas started the vote but the reasoning behind it started last year.

“There have been a lot of battles between various parties of last year’s board, primarily centering around Tiffany,” Cray said. He said he and Burkart had received negative emails from Tecce and Wilcauskas, which ultimately led Burkart to tender his resignation as a PTA member effective the end of his term as vice president.

According to Crays, Tecce and Wilcauskas said he and Burkart were removed because they had not been performing their jobs. But Crays said membership and revenue were up in the time he was president.

“The teachers and administrators were not given advance warning of the vote,” Crays said. “The administration was very upset. They made it very clear that they were not supportive of the action these women were taking."

Two vice principals attended the meeting. In an email addressed to Miller-Driscoll Principal Cheryl Jensen-Gerner and copied to The Daily Wilton after the meeting, PTA member Tony Tecce chastised the actions of the administration:

“I was present at today’s Miller-Driscoll PTA meeting and was appalled at the conduct of your assistant principals. Their conduct toward the parents at the closing of the meeting was unacceptable. They both yelled at the parents, saying we were no longer allowed on the school property. They also said they were disgusted by our actions at the meeting (actions that resulted in the elimination of the current PTA president and vice president).”

Tony Tecce added that he expected an apology from the assistant principals and for them to be reprimanded.

Tiffany Tecce and Wilcauskas declined to comment on the entire incident.

“It’s an ugly story, I’m not trying to say that any one person is or isn’t the villain,” Crays said. “It’s not meant to be a one-sided character assassination.”

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