Sent August 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm to all and only SAU Board members and TRSD@Timberlane.net:
Dear Fellow SAU 55 Board Members:
Here’s the immediate response for Dr. Metzler. (He receives all emails directed to TRSD@Timberlane.net.)
Thank you for your email. I will be out of the office from 8/3/2016-8/7/2016 with limited access to email. If you need immediate attention, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-382-6119-ext 2217.
Readers, if the SAU should provide the board with the suit, I will publish it on this blog; otherwise, it is available to the public at the Rockingham Courthouse.
Sent from my iPad
Here is Policy BDG:
The Board recognizes that the increasing complexity of school district operations frequently requires procurement of professional legal services. Consequently, the Board shall empower the Superintendent to contract with legal counsel as deemed appropriate.
A decision to seek legal advice or assistance in behalf of the school District shall normally be made by the Superintendent or by persons specifically authorized by the Superintendent. Such action shall occur as it is consistent with approved District policy or standard practice and meets an obvious need of the District. It may also take place as a consequence of formal Board direction.
Many types of instances of legal assistance to the District may be considered routine and not necessitating specific Board approval or prior vote. For example, the Superintendent may consult with the school attorney to interpret statutory requirements or regulations, prepare or review contracts and seek legal opinions regarding other District issues. However, when the administration concludes that unusual types or amounts of professional legal service may be required, Board authorization for such service shall be promptly requested.
From the superintendent’s response we can conclude that being sued by a member of the public will not incur “unusual types or amounts of professional legal service.” Is this because it is now commonplace for our district to be sued?
UPDATE August 8, 2016: A loyal and unfailingly perceptive reader pointed out that SAU Policy BBBH says in part: 5. Special Meetings: The SAU Board may hold special meetings at the call of the Chairman or at the request of any one of the member school boards. (Both TRSD and SAU 55 have the same Policy BDG.)