At last school board meeting I demanded to see all the legal invoices for 2015. I also asked the board to clarify under what circumstances the superintendent can undertake litigation and agree to legal settlements. So far, I have heard nothing but flies buzzing around a straw hat.
Yet, somehow, Jon Goldman, Sandown’s selectman most vocal in opposing withdrawal from Timberlane managed within 24 hours to get a full listing of all legal fees “attributable” to Donna Green and withdrawal.
This list attributes more than $31,000 in legal fees to “Green” and nearly $10,000 to withdrawal. This tidy listing was posted to Citizens Against Withdrawal and then found its way onto Speakout Sandown.
You can see the listing here: Legal Fees
Here is what I replied on Speakout Sandown under the legal fee posting: Wow! I had no idea I was responsible for the Sandown schools consolidation! Gee, Dr. Metzler is asking a lawyer to monitor my blog? Awesome! Who knew lawyers did online reputation management? I thought you had to hire a private company for that service. And asking a lawyer for every Right to Know request that comes through the door whether it is mine or not? Brilliant! So much easier than just giving out the public information in the first place. This is your tax money at work here, Sandown. Isn’t it nice to know that your superintendent is so conscientious in not only running to a lawyer at every turn but also in keeping track of all the expenses under one person’s name regardless of the factual connection? If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was an attempt to smear me, but I know it is just the good doctor doing his job all the while respecting your money and your vote.
Sandown taxpayers, we cannot leave this district fast enough. Your tax dollars are being wasted, and when not wasted they are being used against you. My opponents would like to trivialize this as a personality conflict. This is an issue of fiscal responsibility, transparency and prudent management that respects the sacrifices you make to pay your taxes in the belief that your money is going to educate children.
To learn more about leaving the Timberlane district: CASE2018.wordpress.com
UPDATE Feb. 5, 2016: Rob Collins said on social media that the RTK billings are for my suit in the Supreme Court right now. I think the fractional RTK billings are for independent RTK requests, but that is my supposition. The rationale, I suppose, would be that I am behind every RTK request. Or maybe they are phone calls about the RTK suit. From the list, one can’t know, though I do know from past examinations of legal invoices that at least some RTK requests are vetted with a lawyer.