Monthly Archives: July 2017

Green Invokes Ed 204

There are laws, and then there are administrative rules with the force of law.  Some feel that administrative rules, which are by their nature established by bureaucrats, have no moral authority because they are not voted on by elected representatives.

Be that as it may, at last night’s school board meeting (July 20, 2017), I invoked Education Administrative Rule 204:01, “Proceedings at the School Board Level to Resolve Disputes Between Individuals and the School System.”

This rule will require SAU 55’s board to hold a public hearing to hear my complaint concerning the SAU board’s failure to vote on employment contracts of SAU employees or to set their salaries as required by law; namely, RSA 194-C:5.

If the SAU 55 board ignores my petition or deals with it unsatisfactorily, I will appeal to the state Board of Education for a hearing and/or mediation, as is my right under Ed 204.

What’s all the fuss about?  Read my letter, then call a Timberlane School Board representative and tell them to do their job.  Each and every one of them should be insisting the SAU follow some basic rules of good governance which just happen to be the law of the state, too.  Last night, only Mrs. Dube and I voted to require SAU 55 to have a special meeting. Now I have to hope SAU55’s board will do more than ignore my Ed 204 demand.

Ed 204 Complaint to SAU 55



Filed under Sandown Issues

Behind the Scenes of Policy Committee

It is my deep seated conviction that administrators should not have voting rights on school board standing committees in order to ensure that your elected officials are in charge of their own committees – not the administration. If you don’t think Timberlane’s current arrangement is a symptom of diseased governance, please continue reading.

As the assigned school board head of Timberlane’s Policy Standing Committee, I have been trying to hold summer meetings.  Policy formation is one of the principal duties of the School Board, yet the established schedule of Policy Committee meetings is one hour, once per month, for 10 months out of 12.  By current policy, a majority of the committee consists of administrators, which means administrators can block a quorum and stonewall meetings. At the June 29th school board meeting, it was agreed that Mrs. Belcher would do a poll of the 3 school board members and 5 administrators to determine dates and times when a quorum (of five) would be available.  I made it clear that I am available throughout the summer both day and night.

By some oversight, neither Dr. Metzler nor his admin assistant, Mrs. Belcher, mentioned to me or the board that immediately following the June 29th school board meeting they would both be on vacation for 10 days.  The polling was thus needlessly delayed for 10 days, though it could have easily been sent out by Mrs. Belcher’s stand-in.  It didn’t much matter, though, because no administrators seem to be available at all in July except for Dr. Metzler on the evening of July 31.   This means the Policy Committee is deprived of a quorum through the unavailability of the administration for all July.  The same appears true of August although not all administrators have filled in their August availability. School board member from Plaistow, Mr. Bealo, is available for only 3 dates in July and not on July 31 – and for one hour only.

Add to this is the following email exchange initiated by a unilateral decision of the superintendent, made without conferring with me (the Superintendant and I are designated as “co-chairs” of the Policy Committee).  Please do read the exchanges. They are tremendously revealing.


July 11, 2017   To the Policy Committee

Due to the number of initiatives and duties associated with preparing for the start of the 2017-18 school year, Dr. Metzler (co-chair) has reduced the policy sessions from 3 hours each to two.  Please see the updated schedule below.

Thank you,


July 11, 2017   To the Policy Committee

Dr. Metzler did not have the authority to change the length of meetings.  Pls. disregard his notice.  Thank you!

[Donna Green]

July 11, 2017  To the Policy Committee

Either way,

Please bear in mind that when I fill in the chart later tonight I am filling it in for a 1 hour meeting only, not 3 hour blocks. And they will be for any 1 hour block of time between the hours of 11:30AM and 1:30PM (that will be my morning availability) and again between 3:30PM and 5:30PM (that will be my afternoon availability). So me checking AM on some date will NOT mean I’ll be there for 3 hours, only 1 hour within that 11:30 to 1:30 window.

Peter B.

July 11, 2017   To the Policy Committee

Mrs Green has absolutely no authority to direct district staff. Please disregard any direct communications from her. 
Respectfully,  Dr. Earl F. Metzler

July 11, 2017    To the Policy Committee

What are these “initiatives” that are taking up so much time? 
If administration isn’t available for the alotted meeting time, maybe the policy should be changed to remove them from the committee.  

[Stefanie Dube]

July 11, 2017   To the Policy Committee
Thank you for your commitment to the work, Peter.  Similar thanks to Dr. Metzler.

[Donna Green]

July 11, 2017   To the Policy Committee
Thanks for the comic relief, Donna!  

[Stefanie Dube]

July 13. 2017   To a quorum of school board members only

Good morning! I have received several complaints from staff members regarding these sarcastic emails. I am going to request that you refrain from contacting district staff directly especially with sarcastic communications. They find it unprofessional and distracting. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Respectfully, Earl

July 13, 2017  To a quorum of school board members only

It is not your place to reprimand school board members.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

[Donna Green]

July 13, 2017    To Green only

Nor is it yours to direct or contact staff. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

July 13, 2017  To School Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Green

See policy BHC. You should know since you are currently the Chair of the Policy Committee. I would appreciate the Chair and Vice-Chair’s assistance with this Board members direct policy violations even after a reasonable request from staff to stop with the harassment.

[Dr. Metzler]

 July 13, 2017    To a quorum of school board members and Dr. Metzler, Mrs. Belcher

Dr. Metzler,
Thank you for your email.  I don’t believe the emails were sarcastic, but were matter of fact.  I would also add that emails pertaining to the scheduling of Policy Committee meetings should originate from the Policy Chair, Donna Green.  I would also expect that any communication of this subject would be vetted through either Donna and/or the School Board Chair, Brian Boyle. 
Further, what I find unprofessional and distracting is receiving an email from you and not from the two mentioned above. 
Please refrain from doing so in the future. 


July 13, 2017  To School Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, Stefanie Dube, and Attorney Richard Lehmann
Dear Mr. Boyle:
Dr. Metzler has contrived to insert the word “harrassment” into his communication with me. This is clearly being done in order to create a paper trail for use in the future.
I am an elected official and I will not be intimidated by an employee. What is going on in this exchange is a clear attempt by the superintendent to interfere with my efforts to conduct the policy committee to serve the interests of the board. 
The superintendent should be instructed to cooperate with me and be made to understand board members are not his employees subject to his abuse or reprimand.

[Donna Green]

July 13, 2017   To Peter Bealo, Stefanie Dube, Brian Boyle, Kim Farar, Donna Green, Cathrine Belcher

See BHC!       [Dr. Metzler]

July 13, 2017   To Peter Bealo, Stefanie Dube, Brian Boyle, Kim Farar, Donna Green, Cathrine Belcher
Please do not email me again on matters pertaining to the Policy Committee Schedule.  I expect that communication to come from the Chair, Mrs. Green or the SB Chair, Mr. Boyle. 

Thank you.   [Stefanie Dube]

My goal is to change policy so that administrators have no voting rights on any school board standing committees.  Now why isn’t this every elected member’s goal?


Filed under Sandown Issues

Separating the Good Guys from the Bad: Proposed Right to Know Policy

There is a time in the life of every elected official when their vote says it all. I plan to introduce this policy about Right to Know requests to Timberlane’s Policy Committee and the Timberlane Regional School Board.  It is a policy written to provide maximal transparency with minimal inconvenience to the public.

Will it be approved?

Draft Policy EH rev July 10 2017 (2)



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