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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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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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Setting the record straight on HOPE–Again

The story of the Board of School Committee’s decision to terminate the HOPE program at West High School seems to change as its supporters seek to further vilify those who voted against it.  Despite ample public statements, the misrepresentations wilfully continue, some of which intentionally impugn the professional reputation of district staff as they search for a rational while they ignore what was said.  Instead, they substitute their “feelings” or “beliefs” by inventing their own “facts,” which conveniently fit their desired narrative. The oft and most egregious falsehood comes from Ward 10 Alderman Bill Barry, who has accused alleged opponents...

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Improper secret meeting minutes unsealed and released

On August 13, 2018, the Manchester Board of School Committee improperly went into non-public session to discuss whether or not a program operating without approval should continue in the schools.  After being confronted by a request from at-Large Board of School Committee Member Richard Girard to unseal the minutes of the non-public session, Mayor Joyce Craig consulted with the school district’s legal counsel.  She was told, after a review of the minutes, that the discussion should have been in public.  Thus, the minutes below were released following the successful vote to unseal the minutes at the school board’s meeting...

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GAL: Humbled and Opposed

(Hour 2a) Rich started the hour by thanking those who have contributed to the show in some way and explained why it’s hard for him to not feel humbled and honored.  He then shared about opposition to the show and told the listeners about threats towards Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas.  Tune in to get all of the details!...

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Superintendent Vargas on Putting an End to the Politics, District Improvements, Special Ed, Etc.

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for the final Is Our Children Learning segment.  Rich began by asking the Superintendent why he would like to extend his time as the Superintendent.  They then spoke about areas of improvement in the School District since his appointment, efforts to reach out to sectors in the community and more.  Tune in to get the details! (Hour 3c) As Rich and Superintendent Vargas continued they addressed Special Education, fiscal responsibility and...

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On Air News Read for November 14, 2017

Our top story this morning comes from Manchester where the Department of Public Works announced it will begin testing of the city’s Snow Emergency Alert System tomorrow and the next day, the fifteenth and sixteenth.  They stress it’s only a test, so when you see the flashing lights atop various traffic signals at intersections across the city between the hours of seven and three, you need not need worry about getting your car off the street.  Of course, nobody worries about it anyway. The Manchester Board of School Committee received some good news at its meeting last night.  It...

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Humble Host Tackles Special Education in the Queen City

(Hour 2a) Rich opened the hour by talking about his decision to shut down the Girard at Large radio show.  He then addressed those who assumed a connection between the show closing and Nancy Tessier’s election, setting the record straight.  He shared about his relationships with the Tessier family, before speaking about changes that are taking place in Manchester’s special education operation.  Finally, he wondered about the finances, Individual Education Plans (IEP) and more.  Tune in to get all of the details!...

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Senate Bill 193: The Fight for School Choice

(Hour 2c) Rich talked to the listeners about Senate Bill 193, which was a topic of discussion at last night’s Manchester School Board meeting.  He pointed out the opposition from Board member Connie Van Houten, wondering why she isn’t willing to put her faith in the Manchester School District.  Finally, he took a call from School Board member Lisa Freeman, who displayed her frustration with the situation.  Tune in to get all of the details! Click here for more information on the bill....

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The Humble Host Discusses the Closing of the GAL Radio Show

(Hours 1a,2a,c) Rich opened this morning’s show by talking about the news read, in which he reported that this will be the final week of the Girard at Large radio show.  He shared about some of the struggles that he has been experiencing recently.  Tune in to get all of the details. (Hour 1b) Rich continued to discuss the closing of the show.  He talked about impacts that the show had, addressed listener inquiries concerning a potential run for the office of Mayor, the show’s effect on other areas in his life and more.  He then took a call...

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