If you tried to watch the school board meeting tonight, you would have seen the board go into “recess” while I was arguing with Ms. Steenson who would not let me complete my public comment. We did not actually have a recess. This is the chairman’s favorite dishonesty to the public. She pulls the plug on the audio and video broadcast when she doesn’t like what is being said. This is the third time she has done this and never has a recess actually resulted.
Here is the letter that was so incendiary, it could not be broadcast on TV.
Jan. 21, 2016
Dear Mrs. Steenson:
I would like your assistance in clarifying some issues concerning litigation by the Timberlane Regional School District.
- Who is our district lawyer?
- By what authorization and under what conditions may the superintendent commence legal proceedings?
- What is the policy for notifying all school board members of proposed, threatened, pending or filed litigation?
- If there is no formal policy, what is the current practice involving notification of all school board members regarding proposed, threatened, pending or filed litigation?
- The Federal lawsuit involving Carolyn Morse was not communicated to the school board, nor did we vote to pursue litigation, nor have we been given any updates whatsoever on this litigation; nevertheless, a lawyer hired by the SAU is purporting to represent the district’s assertions in a court of law. When will the school board be briefed on this suit?
- Will the school board be asked to vote to approve any settlement? Is there is a policy in this regard?
- By what authorization/policy is the superintendent authorized to approve a legal settlement?
I await your answers in writing which I will post on my blog for the benefit of the public. I also ask you to include a breakdown of all the legal costs the superintendent has incurred since his tenure in our district and for what purpose.
Since I know full well no such disclosure will be forthcoming, I am stating now and as a representative of the Town of Sandown, I demand that this district disclose all its legal invoices for 2015 and to date before the school deliberative session on Feb 4, 2016.
As I said, I await your written response.
Readers please don’t be in suspense. Not one of these questions will be answered and that’s they way the board and the superintendent like it. You are funding a legal fees ATM.
UPDATE Jan. 26, 2016 Chairman Steenson has not so much as acknowledged my letter, let alone responded to it. I will not get a response on any of my questions and I knew I wouldn’t which is why I read the letter in public comment. Perhaps the chairman is too busy watching the tumult in Hampstead where a citizen’s petition to withdraw from SAU 55 is on the ballot.