At the June 23, 2015 meeting of the Hampstead School Board, there was an unusual exchange between a School Board member and an administrator during the Members’ Comments section.
Board member Karen Yasenka wanted to know if any of the money Hampstead pays to the SAU was being used to fund any lawsuits originating in the Timberlane district and in which Superintendent Metzler is individually named. She questioned if SAU funds would be used to defend him.
Without waiting for the board to respond, Assistant Superintendent Wilson interjected that Timberlane issues were not a proper topic for discussion at a Hampstead meeting. She ultimately said “Hampstead’s money stays in Hampstead.”
You can watch this short exchange by forwarding to 2:34:00 (two hours, 34 minutes)
The SAU’s budget for legal services is just $500, while Timberlane’s is $70,000 and Hampstead’s is $20,000. However, the total SAU budget is $1,622,820. It is entirely possible—and legal—to transfer money from an unexpended line in the SAU budget to any other line.
Dr. Wilson’s response assures us that this will not be happening.