Below is an email I sent out this morning. It is in response to my Right to Know request to see Tom Geary’s resume and job application for the position of SAU 55 Business Operations Coordinator. Mr. Geary was, until March 2017, an elected official on the Timberlane Budget Committee. (Timberlane is administered by SAU 55.)
SAU 55 denied my request. You can see their position following my email of today.
Dear Mrs. Belcher, Mrs. Sherman, and Superintendent Metzler:
I would draw your attention to
I did not request the referral letters which you reference in your correspondence.
Here is SAU 55’s previous response:
The documents you are requesting are pre-employment documents (application, reference letters, and a resume) gathered by the District during its hiring process. Such documents fall under the “internal personnel practices” categorical exemption set forth in RSA 91-A:5,IV. In Clay v. City of Dover, the court wrote the following:
“The information provided by the applicants to the superintendent search committee was gathered in the course of the hiring process, a process that was internal to the search committee and conducted on behalf of the superintendent’s employer. . . Because the completed rubric forms pertain to “internal personnel practices,” they are exempt from disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law.”
Accordingly, because the documents are categorically exempt records pertaining to the “internal personal practices” of the District as a hiring entity, they will not be disclosed.
I have also asked Mr. Boyle, Chairman of the Timberlane Regional School Board, to request the resume and application for my inspection. Our school board meeting last night went to midnight and we did not get to “Other Business” so I did not have an opportunity to bring this issue up at last night’s meeting. Although Mr. Boyle would like at least one July meeting of the board, it is possible we will not be meeting again until August 24. The next SAU 55 meeting is October 4, 2017.
Convenient for SAU 55, isn’t it?