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Mayor Craig, Please Put Parents and Teachers First, Not D.C. Bureaucrats

Mayor Joyce Craig responded to an article in the Manchester Union Leader saying, “in her mind the points raised in Girard’s blog don’t raise any red flags.”  This was in response to School Board Member Rich Girard withdrawing support for Manchester Proud. “It’s a community-driven effort,” said Craig. “We’ve got residents, business leaders, colleges and universities who have come forward and said we want to help Manchester public schools by doing outreach to the community. I have no fears that it is politically based or they are going in with any preconceived notion.” But Mayor Craig sat next to me...

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Manchester Proud: An objective effort or a stacked deck?

Now that serious, undisclosed conflicts between Manchester Proud and Reaching Higher NH have been exposed, very serious questions about the integrity and direction of this effort to develop a strategic plan for the Manchester School District have to be asked.  Over and over again, leaders of Manchester Proud have emphatically stated they have no agenda, no political affiliations, no bias and no predetermined outcomes.  They have asserted their efforts will be guided by the input they receive from stakeholders across the city.  Those assurances have come  in response to questions and concerns I have consistently raised both privately and...

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Cornerstone’s Banfield raises red flags over Manchester Proud

Publisher’s note:  This email was sent late on the evening of Friday, October 19, 2018 to every member of the Manchester Board of School Committee.  It is published here in its entirety with photos I have added photos to improve its readability.  As a member of the Board of School Committee, I find this information troubling and will be releasing a statement about its content in due time.  ~Publius Dear Board of School Committee Members:  I was made aware of Manchester Proud a short time ago by parents who told me about this new organization.  As a former Bedford resident, I...

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Concerns About The 10-Year Mental Health Plan For New Hampshire

Last night I attended a meeting in Portsmouth  with the New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services on the state’s 10-Year Mental Health Plan.  It was clear from the comments at the end of the presentation, from parents and other attendees dealing with serious mental health issues, that this issue is raising concerns throughout New Hampshire.  I went to the presentation with a friend because I think it’s important to hear what other people think.  One of her first comments after we left the presentation had to do with the ability of the state to deal adequately with...

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Negotiations Committee pushes back against MEA claims

The following statement was read into the record at the September 25, 2018 meeting of the Manchester Board of School Committee by Special Committee on Negotiations Chairman Richard H. Girard (R-at-Large).  It was unanimously signed by committee members Sarah Ambrogi (D-Ward 1), Ross Terrio (R-Ward 7), Jimmy Lehoux (R-Ward 8) and Katie Desrochers (D-Ward 11). Members of the Honorable Board: It is with both concern and frustration that we on the Special Committee on Negotiations address our efforts to negotiate a contract with the Manchester Education Association.  Because of continued misrepresentations by union officials that are stirring discontent within...

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The Danger That Can Come To Your Children Attending a Public School in NH

Many people have never heard the name Glenn Cordelli, but if you are a parent, you should get to know him.  Glenn Cordelli is a state representative in New Hampshire serving in Moultonborough, Sandwich, and Tuftonboro.  He finished up his third term, and will hopefully be elected for a fourth term in November. Representative Glenn Cordelli recently put forth a Bill that would require each local education agency to develop a local data security plan. HB1612 was signed into law by Governor Sununu in August, and now school boards across New Hampshire will have to develop a Data Inventory Security Plan....

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A young survivor tells her story to raise awareness of a rare cancer

            My name is Lauren Smith, I’m 22 years old and I’m from Bedford New Hampshire. One year ago, before my senior year of college, I was given the news that nobody ever wants to hear, the news that turns your world upside down, I was told that I had cancer. Cancers and tumors of the appendix are extremely rare, it was once thought to be diagnosed in about 1,000 people worldwide each year. In other words, the lifetime odds of being diagnosed were thought to be about one in a million.             Recent research indicates that the incidence of...

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One Year Later – A Lack of H.O.P.E. In Manchester Schools

Finally, the Manchester School Committee’s “secret” meeting about secret dealings regarding spending on a program, not supervised or approved by the Committee, hit the public. https://www.girardatlarge.com/2018/09/improper-secret-meeting-minutes-unsealed-released/ Once again it took a pry bar for Manchester taxpayers to see where funding for another program, which looks suspiciously like the special interest of a single employee of the school, comes from. The “pry bar” in this respect was a group of dedicated elected officials on the school committee who cling to the public’s right to know.  I must mention the lead “pry bar” was Committee Member Rich Girard. And, in a...

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Another BIG Mistake in Bedford: Chromebook

I remember when parents were told that kids needed to use calculators in the classroom because it was the newest technology.  Calculators were one of the worst ideas , and has contributed to the lack of math literacy  in America.  Students became dependent on calculators for basic math computation. Ever since then, there has been a push for more technology in the classroom.  They couldn’t be more wrong. The ones pushing more technology in the classroom, look to profit off of sales from technology.  Don’t get me wrong new computer technology has done a great deal of good for America, but...

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Questions about the Central lockdown

Publisher’s Note:  Click on any picture to enlarge it. While Friday night’s lockdown of Central High because of a shooting that took place three blocks away is awash in the praises of the officials who ordered it, many questions remain and must be asked.  However, in today’s environment, where just about any police action in the name of school safety is sacrosanct, one has to wonder just how many people will actually ask.  I decided to write this because Police Chief Carlo Capano, in a follow-up article published in the New Hampshire Sunday News, unapologetically said he’d do it again....

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