Editorial: No need for city council meddling in Concord school affairs
Ward 1 City Councilor Liz Blanchard’s petty call for the council to begin the process of taking control of the school district’s budget reinforces the wisdom of her decision not to run for another term. The investigation would be a waste of time and city legal resources and worse, if successful, could do great damage to a school system that makes excellent use of limited resources.
A case in point: the foresight the board showed in structuring its finances in a way that made the building of three new schools possible with minimal impact on property tax bills.
Blanchard was miffed at the school board’s decision not to respond to a surprisingly ham-handed and inappropriate request that it join the chorus of support for the city’s acquisition of a controversial BearCat armored personnel carrier. The request was inappropriate, and the board was right to stay out of the fray. But its decision, for Blanchard, was “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” Oh, tut, tut. The independence of the school board, the only such autonomous body in the state, has served students and taxpayers well for decades and done so precisely because it’s been spared meddling by the city council.