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Letter: Special meeting called for SAU 46

Published: 9/14/2021 7:00:13 AM

A meeting is scheduled between the Merrimack Valley School District School Board and State Representatives for Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School Library. The meeting was arranged by state reps due to an outpour of emails from constituents expressing concerns of being left out of policy making discussions regarding CRT, mask mandates, spending decisions, vaccination contract tracing, and more. And that there was a need for much more communication, transparency and accountability in matters that impact all SAU 46 students and their families.

While parents greatly appreciate the effort made by state reps to secure the meeting date and time, it seems to come with public restrictions, i.e. no public comments or follow-up questions by parents/ taxpayers of the school district, and meeting in a small library so few are allowed access to the meeting to observe.

There should be a heightened concern all across N.H. that elected school boards have recklessly abandoned imposed constitutional duties and obligations outlined in the 14th Amendment defining citizenship, due process and equal protection of law, and privileges and immunities of U.S. citizens. (“School Boards and The U.S. Constitution,” Charles A. Hollister). It is imperative that the NH taxpayers of SAU 46 school district demand a larger venue and the opportunity to participate in discussions that will be affecting their children. As a past school board member in Henniker, and a Merrimack County GOP Committee member, I fully plan to attend.

Kathleen LaBonte



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