School Board

SDGA Improving Governance Seminar Series – What is your statutory Authority & Where does it comes from?

by Skip August 31, 2018

Improving Governance Seminar Series Legal Basis: Fact or Fiction As a School Board or Budget Committee member, do you often wonder what your statutory authority is and where it comes from? How can you reconcile what your Superintendent tells you versus what the NH RSAs command you to do?  Come join us for a discussion of […]

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Metzler ‘School Board Choir’ Sings Praises, Hands Out Maximum Bonus!

by Steve MacDonald May 17, 2018

The Earl of Metzler, Grand Vizier (SAU55), praise be upon him, is thus bequeathed an increase in his annual stipend and a cash reward for; keeping the ‘little people’ down through the prodigious use of taxpayer monies to finance acts of legal force against his detractors (or threat thereof); the intimidation of political opponents who […]

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Town Meetings – for SB2 towns like Gilford, we get to trek in the snow tomorrow (ahGAIN!)

by Skip March 12, 2018

Thankfully, being an SB2 town, we get to vote in private.  I remember town meetings when the warrant was both debated and voted upon in a single session and how long they ran until way early into the morning as one special interest group (“SIG”) or another slowed it down until “the opposition” finally went […]

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Tales from the BudComm – election time edition

by Skip March 9, 2018

Yep, it’s that time of year, and in my hamlet, only the BudComm has contested races – go figure!  The “Gilford Democrats” are all up in arms thinking that the BudComm members are going to take the their School Board budget and almost all of them are on the Government payroll (or family members are).  […]

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How Windham’s Transgender Policy Violates Your Rights

by Steve MacDonald March 9, 2018

Skip Murphy explains how the Windham School Board’s new transgender bathroom policy includes language that could infringe on first amendment rights by compelling speech with threats of disciplinary action and how he is trying to pry more details from the board. Visit the original post for more ways to listen.

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How Windham’s Transgender Policy Violates Your Rights

by Steve MacDonald March 9, 2018

Skip Murphy explains how the Windham School Board’s new transgender bathroom policy includes language that could infringe on first amendment rights by compelling speech with threats of disciplinary action and how he is trying to pry more details from the board. Follow us on iTunes Also Available on Google Play

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Windham School Board Gets Right To Know Request On Trans-Bathroom Policy

by Steve MacDonald February 23, 2018

Skip Murphy explains his first (of perhaps several) Right to Know requests to a Windham School Board that has rammed through transgender bathroom rules without following district policy. Listen from the original blog post page here.

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Trans-Windham School Board Gets a 91A Right To Know Request

by Steve MacDonald February 23, 2018

Skip Murphy explains his first (of perhaps several) Right to Know requests to a Windham School Board that has rammed through transgender bathroom rules without following district policy.   Also Available on Google Play

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Windham School Board Approves Unconstitutional “BATHROOM BILL” Policy

by Op-Ed February 1, 2018

By Tom Murray – Windham School Board Member On Tuesday, January 30th the Windham School Members (WSB) Rob Breton, Keleigh McAllister, Dennis Senibaldi, and Daniel Popovici-Muller all voted to impose Obama’s radical Transgender “Bathroom and Locker Room” policies on our students and district employees in Windham. Now mandated by Policy JBAB, boys who “identify as girls” […]

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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

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.  

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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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Respecting the People who Pay The Bills

by Steve MacDonald November 1, 2015

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.  

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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

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.  

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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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Rich Girard -School Board Transparency

by Steve MacDonald September 18, 2015

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  

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GrokTALK! – September 12th, 2015

by Steve MacDonald September 12, 2015

We are joined by Canadian Health Care refugee Shona Holmes, talk show host Rich Girard , and Max Abramson gives us a primer on bills up for a veto override vote this week in the NH legislature.  

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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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Superintendents v. School Boards

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2015

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.  

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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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