Attorney Richard J. Lehmann has fired off another letter alleging Right to Know violations at Timberlane.
His letter ends thus: “I urge you in the strongest terms possible to come into compliance with the Right to Know law and cease holding illegal secret advisory committee meetings. In particular, I fully expect that before the Transportation Advisory Committee meets again that my client will be advised of the date, time and place of the meeting, and be permitted to attend if she so chooses.”
The letter threatens to seek an injunction against the district should they continue to hold advisory committee meetings out of the public eye. This came to a head because Superintendent Metzler has called for an emergency meeting of the Transportation Advisory Committee to discuss a controversial bus stop issue in Sandown. The superintendent has refused to allow me to participate in this meeting, a meeting that should clearly be open to me and the public. These closed advisory meetings have got to end because they are supplanting the authority of the school board and violating the public’s right to know what public bodies are doing.
Here is Mr. Lehmann’s letter in full: rtk-9-22-16
Devoted readers might remember that the suit against Timberlane brought by Sandown and Danville also cited unnoticed and closed meetings of the Sandown Schools Consolidation Committee as being in violation of the Right to Know law.
The superintendent has initiated at least 17 Advisory Committees. Some do meet in public, such as the Timberlane Parent Advisory Forum.