Durham resident Jenna Roberts has asked that we post the following, which she also sent to the School Board:
Members of the ORCSD School Board:
The transparency of the District is called into question with the actions of the District staff and School Board regarding the appointment of the Board Officers last Wednesday. Most of these appointments are legally required and specify that any registered voter living in the District may quality for the positions (except staff and Board members). These positions are given a stipend and are required to have defined terms. Yet these positions have been secretly selected for many years and the practice continues. Here are the problems that must be addressed:
The positions are not made public.
There is no application process.
The criteria and qualifications of the positions are not defined.
The compensation and terms of the positions are not public.
The roles, responsibilities, expectations and relationship/accountability to the Board is undefined.
- The selection process is not conducted in public (required by law and case law established in 2007, see DOJ memo).
The only position that had more than one applicant was the Treasurer and ultimately that was decided behind closed doors, too, which is not legal under RSA 91-A. The public has no way to know what criteria was used to determine the best candidate for the job. This is not open and transparent government.
If multiple candidates apply, people should be chosen based on the requirements/criteria for the position and the qualifications of the candidates. Finally, the selection process should be done transparently and openly as required by law. Given the way that this process took place, in non-public, it literally became a back-room deal.Per your SB policy, I formally request that this topic be added to the next Board meeting agenda with the hope of developing a plan to remedy this situation and mitigate more legal action against this District.