This just out from Cathy Belcher’s email:
SANDOWN WITHDRAWAL FEASIBILITY STUDY COMMITTEE
NOTICE OF MEETING
[Pursuant to the provisions of RSA 195:25]
The Sandown Withdrawal Feasibility Study Committee will meet on August 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the Timberlane Regional High School library, 36 Greenough Road, Plaistow, NH. The committee is tasked with conducting a study of the feasibility and suitability of the Town of Sandown withdrawing from the Timberlane Regional School District.
This meeting is open to the public.
The notice in its original format can be viewed here: Meeting Notice 08 05 15
You wouldn’t know it from this bland announcement, but a preliminary buyout number will be presented at this meeting. This is the amount of money the district will argue that Sandown will owe it should Sandown wish to separate from the Timberlane Regional School District. It is important to note that this is just one side of the argument and should certainly not be taken for gospel. The Sandown Minority Committee may have its own opinion on this. The state Board of Education, if matters get that far, will also weigh in.
There are a few things to note of this seemingly bland meeting notice:
1) The notice has no identification associating it with the Timberlane Regional School District;
2) The notice does not identify who issued the meeting notice;
3) The notice does not say what will be discussed.
Why do I point these things out?
- The TRSD was reluctant to establish and even more reluctant to own a withdrawal study committee even though it was required by RSA.
- Not using district letterhead on the notice furthers the conceit that well, really, the district doesn’t have anything to do with the committee officially (even though the chairman of the school board deposed Cindy Buco as Co-Chair and imposed Rob Collins as chair – subject to a subsequent rubber stamp by the committee itself.)
- The absence of district letterhead makes it that much more difficult for the public to distinguish between Sandown’s committee and the district’s committee.
- Failing to disclose controversial meeting topics with huge public interest does not serve the public interest.
As it happens, Sandown’s own Feasibility of Withdrawal from TRSD Study Committee (Minority Committee) was scheduled to meet on Wednesday night at Sandown Town Hall. This meeting is being rescheduled so Ms Buco and other interested parties can attend the district’s meeting.
The district’s withdrawal study committee meetings are not televised. (One of two meetings was captured on an audio recording.) Sandown’s withdrawal study committee meetings are televised and recorded on Vimeo and can be found on the committee’s webpage at Sandown.us.