NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk teachers union President Bruce Mellion denied charges he lied when he said he had nearly wrapped up a deal that would have saved Norwalk schools millions.
The head of the Board of Education had accused Mellion of fabricating the facts. Mellion also said Jack Chiaramonte, the school board chair, killed that deal.
Last week, Chiaramonte accused Mellion of lying about the deal and said it was "despicable" that Mellion wielded so much power in Norwalk.
"I told the truth," Mellion said in a telephone interview. "If I say to the Norwalk public and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers members that we were 95 percent of the way to an agreement, that's absolutely a true and factual piece of information.
"I know that because I was involved with it directly," he went on. "Jack may be tangential to that, I don't really know his role. ... I think when you start calling people liars, you've got one problem, and then when you go to another language and start calling somebody despicable, I really think you've gone over the top. And I think that's really unfortunate.
"Jack, as the chairman of board of education, should provide for decorum and civility that I think really is overdue," Mellion said.