Hooksett School Board Member David Pearl has submitted the following letter blasting the School Board that oversees SAU 15, which includes Hooksett. We print it as submitted. ~Publis
Hooksett is part of SAU 15 with Auburn and Candia. This year Hooksett will pay 59.93% of the $1,102,059.79 budget. That comes to $601,673.
Pearl: Rules needed
The budget includes:
- Assistant Superintendent- $1000,814
- Business Administrator- $$87,019
- And all the other cost of running the SAU.
The budget is up $40,519 over last year. This Budget is not approve by any Budget Committee or voters.
Last night I made a simple motion: “Motion to adopt Roberts Rule of Order to conduct meetings.”
I was told: “We don’t need rules we are doing just fine;” “It would just be one more thing for us to learn;” “It could be used against people;” and that it was to complicated.
Even though my motion received a second, the chair wasn’t going to call for a vote until a member said ” We need to vote.” I pointed out we didn’t “need” to vote, as the SAU 15 Board has no rules of order or policies to follow. A vote was taken, the motion failed.
In recent months the Hooksett School Board has made great improvements. I would attribute much of that success to the adherence to rules (Robert Rules) and following our policies (many have been reviewed and updated this year). Yet, we send 601,673 to a board which has none.
The SAU 15 board oversees a $1,102,059.79 budget with no rules or policies.
Do you see a problem?
Hooksett School Board Member