I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from the actions of your administration.
Below you will see an exchange of emails between Arthur Green and the Superintendent’s Executive Assistant. It concerns the public release of a form disclosing staffing numbers that must be filed with the Department of Education in mid-October every year.
Mr. Green also requested the public release of the district’s end-of-year financial filings to the Department of Education. This was due to the DOE on September 1 but was not filed until mid-October. The district has replied that the numbers are not yet finalized and is not providing the document that was filed. Let’s be clear. The document as it was filed is public and should be provided immediately on demand as required by the Right to Know law. Last year the form was posted to the district website for all to see.
From: Arthur Green <email@example.com>
Date: October 18, 2015 at 9:47:38 PM EDT
To: Earl Metzler <Earl.Metzler@timberlane.net>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
Subject: Staffing Report A12B
I have not seen the A12B Staffing Report for Timberlane as of October 2015 posted on the district web site. Last year this report was posted immediately upon filing in mid-October, and I would hope that the intention is to post it in the normal course of business. If this is not the case, please consider this a request under RSA 91-A for the report.
I will happily rescind this request if the report is posted publicly, which is the preferred result.
Thanks for your attention to this matter.
From: Belcher, Catherine
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 1:45 PM
Subject: RTK – Staffing Report A12B
Hello Mr. Green,
This email serves as notification that the item you requested under RSA 91-A (specifically A12 Staffing data) is available for pick up at the Superintendent’s Office. There are a total of 18 pages. The cost for copies associated with right-to-know requests is $.50 per page, thus your total is $9.00.
Kindly note our business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
- Will this year’s staffing report be posted publicly?
- Will it be posted immediately after I pay the fee for the documents provided under Right to Know?
- Will it be withheld from general public availability until I pay the fee?
Note: Lest you think Mr. Green is being sarcastic in his email, you should know that in November 2014 Mr. Green obtained the school tax calculations for the district towns via a Right to Know request and was charged $20. Within an hour of him picking it up from the SAU office (because they refuse to email RTK requests) the information was posted to the Budget Committee website and was publicly available.