School Board

Tales from the BudComm – outsourcing an answer?

by Skip December 6, 2017

Sometimes, I just shake my head.  This started when we were going over “Federal Projects” of which one is Title II whereupon the Feds allocate monies to the Various States and then the State Board of Educations then allocate their share to towns and cities based on grant requests from said towns and cities.  Briefly […]

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GrokWatch: what’s going on with Northwood’s School Board?

by GrokWatch News Desk September 20, 2017

As a concerned taxpayer and 16 year resident of Northwood, the bus crisis has been a topic of concern.  Searching for more information, I submitted an RTN request. The SAU office and the documents I received were astonishing.  The Northwood bus crisis was self-inflicted, courtesy of the Northwood school board and superintendent Gadomski. We ended up in […]

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GT Flashback – Ken Eyring & Tom Murray: Windham School District

by Steve MacDonald March 18, 2017

As Windham voters go to the polls I thought we should remind them what the school district and school board were like before Ken Eyring and Tom Murray got elected. The decreasing transparency, $600,000.00 no-bid contracts, and limiting public comment or input on issues affecting parents and taxpayers, plus a whole lot more. Ken has […]

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Windham Decides Between Local Control or Lobbyist Lap Dogs

by Steve MacDonald March 17, 2017

Tomorrow voters in Windham, New Hampshire will go to the polls, and one of the more important decisions they have to make is whether to allow their School Board to go forward or backward. Recent elections have moved the Windham school board away from its unaccountable past. Daniel Popovici-Muller, Tom Murray, and Ken Eyring have created […]

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Announcing the formation of the School District Governance Association of New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald December 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Concord, NH Dec. 12, 2016  School board and school budget committee members currently have few independent resources to assist them in improving the governance and budgeting of their districts. The School District Governance Association of New Hampshire (SDGA NH) has been created as a resource devoted entirely to educating and empowering elected school […]

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Metzler Monkey Loses Court Case

by Ed Naile January 7, 2016

A Macaca monkey who used a cell phone to make selfie’s has lost the potential copyright privileges of those photos according to a Federal Court in California. Meanwhile, here in NH’s State Supreme Court another monkey, a Metzler monkey, seems to be losing his attempt to hide public information from a public school board member. […]

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Congratulations to Rich Girard

by Steve MacDonald November 4, 2015
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Our congratulations to Rich Girard. He successfully ran for and was elected to the Manchester Board of school committee. We look forward to his reports and updates from his new position on the School board.

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Election Alert!

by Ed Naile November 2, 2015

Rich Girard could use your vote or help Tuesday in his bid for a seat on the Manchester School Board. Out of state community organizers are here in OUR state working for presidential candidates and will be helping liberal tax and spend candidates in the Manchester elections as well. Your vote and support will help […]

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Most Education Dollars go to Adults and not Children

by Steve MacDonald November 1, 2015
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We continue with School Board candidate Rich Girard on budgets, spending, direct to indirect labor costs, and how most of the tax-dollars in a given school budget are spent on the adults and not on the children. (Listen to Part I with Rich Girard, here.) Don’t want to wait for the rest? Get it all […]

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GrokTALK! – Respecting the People who Pay The Bills

by Steve MacDonald November 1, 2015
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Rich Girard is running for a seat on the Manchester School Board. We talk about transparency and right to know, partnering with parents, respecting the people who pay the bills, and campaigning in the age of social media. The election is this Tuesday in Manchester. Don’t want to wait for the rest? Get it all […]

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Why Aren’t The Public and the School Board in The Loop?

by Steve MacDonald October 4, 2015
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ICYMI – Part two of our interview with Rich Girard, who is running for the Manchester Board of School committee. We talk about how good education policy only comes from ensuring that parents and school boards are not just involved but informed so they can be educated participants in the process. Part I Here GrokTALK! […]

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GrokTALK! – Rich Girard : Transparency And The Education Establishment

by Steve MacDonald September 18, 2015
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Humble host Rich Girard comes out from behind his microphone to get behind ours as we discuss Education issues, transparency from administrators and school boards, and his upcoming election for a seat on the Manchester Board of School Committee. GrokTALK! is a Mobile-Ready Broadcast You can also get this weeks 2-hour podcast – here!

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Superintendents v. School Boards

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2015
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Jorge Mesa-Tejada delivers our education update on what an SAU is (School Administrative Unit) and how Superintendents–the administrative leaders of the administrative units–have seized powers reserved to the School Boards Listen to the Entire Program Here. Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker, TuneIn, […]

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Windham School Board Incumbents Ousted

by Steve MacDonald March 11, 2015
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Maybe the people of Windham got tired of all the negative publicity from their school board?   Banning Dodgeball and walking that back.  Refusing US Constitutions an walking that back.   Or it might have been the almost arrest of a resident trying to give public comment before a vote to accept a massive $577,000.00 […]

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Billy Baer Brings Lawsuit Against Gilford NH Officer Who Arrested Him

by Steve MacDonald February 25, 2015
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This is what has to happen.  Officers who know the law need to be held to account for false arrest, including arresting people because some board or committee flunky doesn’t like where a public conversation is headed. (Laconia Daily Sun) William Baer has filed a suit in the United States District Court for the District […]

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School board intimidation in New Hampshire calls for motivated response

by Steve MacDonald February 8, 2015
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By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena Many modern-day elected officials view public input as a burden and increasingly act to limit or even discourage the practice through intimidation.  In New Hampshire that is never more evident than when the public attempts to engage with their local school board. Keep Reading

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Should School Board Members Have To Pay To Access Public School District Documents?

by Ed Naile January 28, 2015

At various school districts in NH there is a growing trend to have elected school board and budget committee members pay thousands of dollars for access to public documents. The NH AG will not get involved and stop this abuse of office by offending superintendents, no surprise. And who in their right mind trusts any […]

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School Board Tyranny Part II

by Steve MacDonald January 23, 2015
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We continue our discussion about holding elected boards accountable with Ken Eyring and Tom Murray. In Part II we dig deeper into the background on Cenergistic, and the events at the meeting that promoted the board to call the police on a taxpayer who objected to a vote on a no-bid contract without any public […]

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Windham School Board Tyranny Part I

by Steve MacDonald January 23, 2015
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Ken Eyring and Tom Murray joins us to explore the issue of decreasing transparency from elected School boards (in this case, Windham), the problem of no-bid contracts, and board efforts to limit or end public comment or input on issues affecting parents and taxpayers   You can listen to the entire segment here. Follow us […]

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Where Is The Media Coverage of The Windham NH School Board?

by Steve MacDonald January 18, 2015
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When the Windham School Board voted to”ban” dodge-ball over concerns of bullying two years ago it made state-wide and national news.  When the Windham School board bullied a resident (and even called the police) to prevent objection to their rushed vote on a sketchy no-bid contract for $577,000.00 dollars, nothing? New Hampshire’s Old-Man-Media-Mountain is not […]

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Windham NH School Board ‘Eventually’ Accepts Constitutions

by Steve MacDonald September 17, 2014
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Someone donated 2800 Constitutions to the Windham public School District but the Windham NH school board didn’t want them at first. @GraniteGrok Windham School Board Vote NO 3-2 on a donation of 2800 U.S. Constitution handbooks for Constitution Day May @Michelle4NH — Bruce Breton (@bbretonwindham) September 17, 2014 At some point later on the board changed […]

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GrokTALK! May 10th 2014 Interview with William Baer

by Steve MacDonald May 15, 2014
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William Baer from Gilford, NH is our guest for an extended segment as we discuss the issue of informed Consent. Billy was the parent arrested at a local NH School Board meeting while objecting to sexually explicit material used in a classroom without any notification to parents. Billy’s 45 minute interview is split into three […]

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Daughter of William Baer Speaks After her Father Is Arrested at Gilford, NH School Board Meeting

by Steve MacDonald May 7, 2014
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Marina Baer is the daughter of Dr. William Baer.  William Baer was arrested and removed from the Gilford, NH school board meeting for violating a 2 minute speaking rule.  Dr. Baer refused to yield the floor until he was finished so the school board had him arrested and removed by the duty officer.  His daughter, […]

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Gilford, NH Parent Arrested At School Board Meeting (Video)

by Steve MacDonald May 6, 2014
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A Gilford, NH Parent was arrested at a school board meeting while objecting to the inclusion of sexually explicit material in the classroom.  Sorry, I mean for violating the “2 minute speaking rule.”   As I understand it, parents/taxpayers/residents are typically afforded more time to speak so this seems to have been a new policy, created […]

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Bedford’s Sally Thomas – Smear Machine

by Ed Naile March 3, 2014

The nasty politics of Bedford, NH are well known to anyone ever involved in that municipality.  So as can be expected, the editorial hit squad gets started on Aaron Day who is running for Bedford School Board. Someone named Sally Thomas is on the hunt with a few impressions as opposed to facts while using […]

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Manchester Passes On Common Core

by Steve MacDonald October 17, 2013
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Courtesy of Ann Marie Banfield – Facebook. Congratulations to the residents of MANCHESTER. Tonight the School Board voted to DEVELOP MANCHESTER ACADEMIC STANDARDS!!!! We saw real leadership tonight when Mayor Ted Gatsas said he wanted the BEST standards for the students in Manchester. The board listened to the concerns in the community and decided to […]

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Windham School Board Votes To Restore Modified Version of Dodgeball

by Steve MacDonald June 19, 2013

The Windham School board got national attention in March when it banned Dodgeball. After some ‘study’ and a good deal of opposition to the decision, the board has voted to bring the games back, with different names, while giving students the option to participate or not.  Alternate, suitable activities will be provided by the phys-ed […]

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URGENT! HELP STOP COMMON CORE

by Steve MacDonald May 13, 2013

From Doris Hohensee c/o Facebook URGENT! HELP STOP COMMON CORE Manchester Board of Education meets at 7pm this evening (Monday, May 13th) at City Hall.  NH DoE Chief of State and Director of Instruction, Heather Gage, will be making an emergency presentation to the school board on Common Core. Remember how it was inappropriate for […]

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Red Rover in Dover

by Steve MacDonald April 10, 2013

In Norwegian, apparently, Røver means Pirate.  I won’t hold fast to that definition.  I just learned it on Wikipedia, which is about as reliable as a school board in Dover spending your tax dollars to pay lobbyists to push legislation you may not support.  Which is what I mean by pirate.  The Dover school board, […]

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Windham School Board Bans ‘Human Target’ Activities (aka – Dodgeball!)

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2013

Susan posted a link to the story here, but the first sentence from the Concord Monitor article was all I needed to see. The Windham School District has banned dodgeball and other “human target” activities over concerns about violence and bullying. That’s a very broad statement.  Almost every action of government is a form of […]

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