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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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School Spending: Discussing the Tax Cap and Figuring out the Funding

(Hours 1a,2b) Rich started the morning by talking about last night’s Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.  He shared his criticism with what Hillside Middle School Principal Brendan McCafferty had to say at the meeting, but largely praised the Principals who attended.  Finally, he gave his prediction about whether or not the tax cap would be overrun and informed the listeners about statements made by Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 2b) Rich started by sharing his opinion with Ed Naile, Chairman of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers,...

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President Trump and Breaking News in the Russian Collusion Controversy

(Hours 1a,3a) Rich started the show by informing the listeners about fixes to the Girard at Large website and the return of the In the Bullpen segment.  He then talked about the enormous scandal surrounding President Donald Trump’s claims of being spied on.  He commented on allegations of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia.  Tune in for the details. (Hour 3a) Rich opened the segment by talking about Tom Raffio’s position on the NH Board of Education and Sue Ellen Hannon’s re-election as MEA President.  He then continued in his discussion about the investigation into Russian meddling.  Finally,...

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Sue Ellen Hannon and Dealing with Teacher Pay Raises

(Hour 3b) Rich spoke about Sue Ellen Hannon, President of the Manchester Education Association, and the financial burden of the teacher pay raises.  He shared about the issues of social justice and class sizes and discussed the curious way in which the problem is being handled.  Tune to hear all about it! Click here for the mentioned article about MEA President Sue Ellen Hannon....

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On Air News Read for March 31, 2017

It was a busy day in the New Hampshire Senate, yesterday.  Among the items addressed was House Bill 1 0 3 which requires school districts to provide notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education at least two weeks in advance of being used in the classroom.  Bill sponsor, State Rep. Victoria Sullivan, Republican from Manchester’s Ward Nine, thanked the senate for passing the measure, which passed the General Court last year, only to be vetoed by then Governor Margaret Wood Hassan.  Governor Christopher Sununu is expected to sign...

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Mom-at-Large Gives Budget Presentation at the Board of School Committee Meeting

(Hour 3a) Rich spoke about Mom-at-Large Patrice Benard’s budget presentation at last night’s Board of School Committee.  He shared about his frustration with the meeting and informed the listeners about Manchester’s financial situation.  He spoke about negative effects of the teacher pay raises and he pointed out differences in the budgetary allocations for Manchester, Hooksett and Bedford.  Tune in to hear more....

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MEA Communication, School Nurses and a School District Charge-Back System

(Hour 2a) Rich commented on his previous segment with Sonja Witkowski, who is a candidate for MEA President.  He shared about his interaction with former MEA President Ben Dick and spoke about how communication has changed during Sue Ellen Hannan’s reign as President.  Finally, he informed the listeners about hostility that is coming from the organization, before sharing about criticisms aimed at the Public Health Directer and the School District’s charge-back system..  ...

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Competent Teaching, Grammatical Improvement and Reading Goals

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich spoke to Sid Glassner, Senior Fellow with the New England Society for the Study of Education, about teachers and competency tests.  “A degree does not make for a competent teacher,” Sid said. (Hour 3b) Sid informed the listeners about how the US Department of Education spends YOUR money for Is Our Children Learning.  He and Rich talked about encouraging questions and grammatical improvement. (Hour 3c) Rich and Sid discussed the Story Time with Rich segments.  They shared stories about interactions with Mr. Rogers, before taking a call from State Rep Victoria Sullivan.  They talked about encouraging children to read and Sid introduced the PDK Poll to the listeners....

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Budget Issue at the Board of School Committee

(Hours 1b,2a,b,3a) Rich spoke to us about last night’s Manchester Board of School Committee, explaining why he voted against having public comment.  He shared about why he’s there in the first place and discussed the budget issue.  He shared ideas on how to come up with the money. (Hour 2a) Rich wondered if Manchester should do everything that it can to avoid laying off teachers.  He took a call from Neil in Manchester, and they discussed government benefits.  “Should the school board get rid of it’s benefits to save teachers?” he wondered. (Hour 2b) We took a call from Michael in Manchester, who wanted to share his thoughts on last night’s meeting.  “The people have a tax cap for a reason,” Rich reminded us.  Lisa Freeman from Ward 5 called to comment on deceit in government. (Hour 3a) Rich spoke about a joint effort to show the fiscal impact of the teacher’s contract.  We heard about a net budget problem in year two and more.    ...

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Budget Woes in Manchester

(Hours 2a,b) Rich spoke to us about the budget in Manchester this morning.  He informed us of the need for a budget cut within the Manchester School District to meet the tax cap.  He spoke about tax rates, spending cap, non-tax revenue and more.  He played a clip from Manchester Education Association Vice President Maxine Mosley at the Manchester School District’s Board of School Committee meeting.  Finally, we heard about the financial impact of the teacher’s contract on the budget. (Hour 2b) We continued where we left off in the last segment with another clip, this time from Manchester Education Association President Sue Ellen Hannon.  We heard Rich’s commentary concerning what was said throughout the duration of the clip.  We heard more about the impact of the teacher’s contract. Click here for the full...

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