Concord School District’s Charter Commission will be voting Tuesday

Monitor staff
Published: 1/16/2022 8:21:23 AM
Modified: 1/16/2022 8:20:19 AM

Charter Commission members will be voting Tuesday on a list of proposed ideas to consider for changing the district’s Charter Document, in an attempt to narrow down their to-do list.

“These votes are not permanent or irrevocable. Rather, they are intended as a mechanism that will help us define our hard-working schedule over the next series of meetings,” Betty Hoadley wrote in a public notice to commission members Tuesday. “However, if we vote unanimously not to proceed on any of these motions, I would expect that it is unlikely that we will bring the issue back before us.”

The Charter Commission is a nine-member body that is reviewing the charter, the school district’s governing document, and could recommend changes that will be put to a city-wide vote next Election Day.

The proposed ideas, which have been raised by commissioners and residents during the election cycle or past commission meetings, have been written up as a list of 22 motions for the Commission to consider or not consider moving forward. 

“Our minutes will then contain a clear record of decisions by the Commission on key issues that have been raised, and members of the public will be able to observe this record and react, if they feel that our preliminary vote gets something wrong,” Hoadley wrote. “This clear record and any resulting public input will help us refine our work plan going forward, and will provide a clear historical record of how this Commission addressed various issues.”

The motions fall under four categories, including officer appointments, fiscal authority, school board elections and miscellaneous. Included in the list, which is available on the school district’s website, are motions to discuss increasing the number of people on the Concord School Board, requiring school board candidates to disclose campaign finances, combining the Concord and Penacook school districts, and altering the current financial independence of the Concord School District.

The Charter Commission will meet at Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the board room of the School District Building on Liberty Street.


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