I watched your discussion tonight on two Keene School District policies with interest. I thought I would reply with some information. All full school board meetings and committee meetings are open to the public and we always welcome public comment. The first item on the agenda for all of our meetings is public comment. Meeting schedules and locations are posted on the district website. Agendas and minutes are also posted on the website. Anyone can call the SAU 29 office as well to obtain information about meetings. We have five standing committees. Facilities and Finance both normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the SAU office starting at 5:30. Policy meets on the fourth Monday at 5:30 in the SAU office. Personnel meets at 5:30 on the second Tuesday at the KHS Library. Education normally meets on the third Tuesday at 5:30 and they rotate the location among the schools. The full board meets at 6:30 on the second Tuesday in the LGIA at KHS. We do occasionally go into non-public session as required by RSA 91-A, the NH Right to Know Law. Our schedule in January is a little different due to the budget and the timelines specified in the Municipal Finance Law. We hold two budget workshops on two Saturdays to review the budget submitted by the superintendent and to develop the budget to be presented to the public at the budget hearing. Both are open to the public. This year the hearing is on January 17th and that will be most of the agenda for our regular January board meeting. Following the budget hearing, the board considers any changes and finalizes the budget which will go to the first session. As you know, the first session will finalize the warrant articles that go to the voters in March. Regarding policies – We have a number of existing policies, many of which are required by the state. The standing committees review those from time to time and propose changes, or new policies, to the policy committee. Once a draft is approved by the policy committee, it goes to the full board for two readings, usually one month apart, but in January we typically do not consider any policy changes as we are focused on the budget. The two readings provide additional opportunity for the public or board members to submit comments. Most policies are approved by the full board following the second reading unless there is input which suggests that more work needs to be done on that policy.
I would appreciate you sharing this information with your viewers because we want their input on any topic that interests them. They can come to a meeting, or write, or contact any board member by email. We will listen to what they have to say. We may not agree and we may not take the action they seek, but we will always listen. I will say that contrary the opinion you expressed on your show, many people watch the board meetings on Cheshire TV. I am constantly astounded by people who come up to me to discuss something that they saw on one of the broadcasts.
Keene Board of Education
Thank you for the feedback, Ed. I’ll pass this info off on the next show. I still think it would be great if you guys uploaded the meeting videos online. And I’m not talking about Granicus which is a scam. Just simple Youtube would work fine. It’s a quick, easy process and it’s free.
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