If you feel that board members would be interested in this report, please make a motion to request it on behalf of the board during other business tonight. The Hampstead and Timberlane districts may share SAU administration, but are run completely separately, as you know. We have done many things differently for many years. Nobody at the SAU is depriving the Timberlane board of documents; the reports you reference have not been requested nor needed by the Timberlane board in the past. Perhaps you’d like to briefly explain why they would be of use for the benefit of the rest of the board tonight.
Of course the school board does not want to release the salaries of all the staff at Timberlane and a motion would go down in flames as most all my other motions. Public officials want to keep as much information secret as they possibly can. Mrs. Steenson’s suggestion that I put it to a vote of the board is a taunt and an insult at the same time. A request to examine public records does not require any vote by any body. I am entitled as a citizen to see this information and as a school board member it is my duty to see this information – and this time I’m not going to pay for it either.
Timberlane has been allowed to function in darkness for too long. Some school districts publish this information in their annual report but in Timberlane school board members cannot even see it.
To be clear, my goal in requesting this is not to criticize teacher’s salaries but to find out the exact number of full-time equivalent staff we are paying for since there is an inconsistency between what I’ve been told and what has been reported to the Department of Education. No explanation has been forthcoming to explain this discrepancy despite earnest efforts to obtain an explanation. A Right to Know request would cost hundreds of dollars at 50 cent a page.
Taxpayers, citizens, students, are you being served by this kind of behavior? To those who would give the district all the money they ask: do you think this secretive behavior is indicative of responsible governance?