Every power needs a counterbalancing power. That is the foundation of our republic and a profound observation about human nature. Below you will find a series of correspondence (in chronological order), authorized in one way or another by Superintendent Metzler. I guarantee you that you will find these communications riveting – even if you don’t know the pernicious politics of the Timberlane Regional School District and SAU 55. You will see patterns. You will see strategy. You will see untruths. Most of all, you will see legal services completely unrelated to education.
You can draw your own conclusions about the character of the people making decisions about your children, and spending your tax dollars. Faithful readers may have read some of the communications below, but almost certainly not all. Remember while you read these that every year your superintendent has received hefty salary raises, maximum or near maximum bonuses and lavish praise from the SAU board.
1) July 24, 2014
Metzler Imposes Restrictions on Sandown Representative to the Timberlane Regional School Board Via Email
Dr. Earl F. Metzler II
It has been reported to me that an investigation is being conducted by the Superintendent’s office concerning your interactions with an SAU staff member on July 24, 2014. Until such time as the investigation is complete, you are hereby barred from entering upon the SAU #55 premises without the expressed written permission of the Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Metzler will make appropriate arrangements for you to conduct your duties as a school board member.
[Nancy Steenson, Chiarman Timberlane Regional School Board]
Readers, SAU 55 was completely disgraced in this tangle with me, thanks to the assistance of my lawyer, Richard Lehmann, and a kind reader who did some software magic to make the security video playable on my blog. See: Do you see any harassment? See also: Green pushes back with legal letter
2) June 20, 2015
Metzler Sends Ominous but Unspecific Email to Three Journalists Suggesting He Would Launch a Countersuit.
From: “Metzler, Earl” <Earl.Metzler@timberlane.net>Date: June 20, 2015 at 7:11:38 PM EDT
To: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Niedzinski <JNiedzinski@gloucestertimes.com>, Penny Williams <email@example.com>
Subject: Fwd: Counter lawsuit
Dr. Earl F. Metzler IIBegin forwarded message:
From: <Earl.Metzler@timberlane.net>Date: June 20, 2015 at 7:09:31 PM EDT
Cc: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>, Rob Collins <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Peter Bealo <email@example.com>
Subject: Counter lawsuitMs. [redacted] – Please don’t forget the counter lawsuit…misrepresenting facts and defamation of one’s character are certainly going to be a factor. Personally and Professionally we will be represented by the best attorneys…locally and nationally. I hope that taxpayers understand what that means. I am all in!
Dr. Earl F. Metzler II
Readers, I tried to get a meeting called to discuss this email by the superintendent, but only Stefanie Dube would support this. Three members are necessary to require a special meeting.
3) July 2, 2015
Drummond Woodsum letter to Donna Green, Fiscal Conservative Elected School Board Representative from Sandown:
For the cuious, but not necessary to the trajectory of this blog post, here is my reply to the false statements in this letter: Your Tax Dollars at Work.
4) January 20, 2016
Jorge-Mesa Tejada, Hampstead Fiscal Conservative Budget Committee member, receives “No Trespass” letter:
Mr. Mesa-Tejada is a veteran and a respected and long-serving elected official in Hampstead. He is also 80 years old. His threat is only to those in the administration who repeatedly ask Hampstead taxpayers for an unnecessary school addition. His efforts have repeatedly thwarted a successful bond vote.
5) June 12, 2016
Drummond Wilson Sends Yet Another Letter to Jorge Mesa-Tejada:
Readers, who is doing the harassing here?
6) January 1, 2018
Timberlane’s Lawyer Writes Belligerent Email to the NH Commission of Education:
7) February 2, 2018
Timberlane’s lawyer Makes Unnecessary Right to Know Request of Department of Education:
From: James A. O’Shaughnessy [mailto:JOShaughnessy@dwmlaw.com]
Sent: Friday, February 2, 2018 2:27 PM
To: Edelblut, Louis (Frank)
Cc: Fenton, Diana; SAU 55
Subject: Green v. SAU 55, Case No. SB-FY-18-10-007
Good afternoon Commissioner Edelblut:
I am writing to request a copy of the minutes of the State Board meeting held on January 11, 2018, whether they are in draft or final/approved form in accordance with RSA 91-A:2, II (requiring all minutes to be promptly recorded and open to inspection within 5 business days after the meeting). Said minutes are not currently posted online. Please include all minutes of non-public meetings, including the minutes of the deliberations in the above-referenced matter. If you cannot provide the minutes requested, please provide an explanation of the reason thereof.
Additionally, please provide copies of an any all communications or documents, in electronic form or otherwise, regarding the above-referenced matter, including but not limited to communications between, to, and/or involving the Commissioner, Frank Edelblut and/or any employee of the Department of Education, the Chair of the State Board of Education, Drew Cline, the Petitioner, Donna Green, and/or any other member of the State Board of Education. This request includes any communications/documents which may reside in personal devices, email accounts, or servers to the extent they are responsive to this request. If the Department believes such documents contain confidential information, please identify the confidential information and provide a redacted copy of such records or documents.
Please provide these documents in electronic if available, and make these documents available for inspection as soon as they are available, rather than when they are all complete, and please notify me immediately when they are available in either electronic form or in hard copy for inspection.
James A. O’Shaughnessy
603.716.2895 ext. 223
1001 Elm Street, Suite 303, Manchester, NH 03101-1845
800.727.1941 | 603.716.2899 Fax | dwmlaw.com
Readers may want to see my comments on this waste of tax dollars at Runaway legal Activity at SAU 55
8) February 3, 2018
Metzler Restricts Access to Schools by Maxann Dobson, Fiscal Conservative Plaistow Candidate for Timberlane Regional School Board:
Ms. Dobson was an outspoken critic of Timberlane’s budget. The “investigation” concluded just before the election finding no grounds for restricting her access, but the damage to Ms. Dobson’s candidacy was done.
August 2018 Drummond Woodsum Writes Another Letter … more on that coming soon.
Readers should know these are not the only letters sent out to elected or formerly elected representatives of which I am aware. These are only the ones I have been given to publish. Taxpayers should know that not one of these communications was given the blessing of a board vote or a board discussion before being sent.