Kudos to Lee Dube, one of Sandown’s TRSD Budget Committee members. At tonight’s Budget Committee meeting, he motioned to REQUIRE the TRSD to provide budget information to the committee in Excel format. If you watched the meeting you would have heard Mr. Stokinger say that it would go to legal.
The budcom demands a live spreadsheet to do their work and the district says they are going to run to their lawyer to see if they can prevent this?
In a nail biting vote, the motioned passed by just one vote: 4-3-2.*
The district’s legal line for the year ended in June was a very ample $70,000. The district actually expended $79,000. Here’s why. They check with lawyers over Right to Know requests. They threaten to sue elected officials (Josh Horns). They fight court cases all the way to the Supreme Court to prevent an elected official (me) from receiving salary information in an electronic form. Now they are running to their lawyer to prevent the budget committee from getting the budget information in a useful spreadsheet. This is all your money being burned through like high-test gasoline.
You can be sure the district is going to refuse to provide the budget committee with the useful tools they are demanding to do their job. The paid officials will get their expensive lawyers to issue a carefully worded letter. Wanna bet what it’s going to say? You will be paying every which way – for the lawyers, and for an ineffectual budget committee.
As background, you should know that the budget committee already requested Excel format in a vote on March 26. They were told by paid officials of the district that the elected officials would not be getting a live spreadsheet. The paid officials believe that they need to give your representatives only what New Hampshire’s Right to Know law requires. In tonight’s meeting, Josh Horns correctly and saliently pointed out that the demand of the budget committee is not a Right to Know request and that the legislature requires the SAU to provide information that the budget committee demands. Thank you, Josh Horns.
Something is seriously wrong in Timberlane. This kind of insufferable obstructionism will inevitably go beyond hurting the taxpayer and affect the students.
*Tuck this away come election time. This was the vote:
4: Lee Dube (Sdn); Cathy Gorman (Sdn); Tony Cantone (Plaistow); Josh Horns (Danville)
3: Dennis Heffernan (Plaistow); Kate Delfino (Atkinson); Rick Blair (Plaistow)
2: Michelle O’Neil (Danville); Julie Hammond (Atkinson)