Originally posted Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM


Girard at Large learned that the Goffstown School Board improperly posted a Non Public Session for Monday, July 30, 2012.  Below is the complete email chain involving this matter.  Needless to say, they were forced to spell out the reason for the NPS on their agenda, something we haven’t seen them do in their normal agenda postings.

——– Original Message ——–


Subject: Imporperly posted meeting.


Date: Thu, July 26, 2012 3:03 pm

To: “Stacy Buckley”


Superintendent Buckley.


As the Right to Know Law states what is pasted below, I believe this meeting noticehttp://goffstown.k12.nh.us/SB/attachments/007_07-30-12%20GSB%20PN.pdf fails to meet the requirements of the law as the specific reason for the non-public session is not advertised on the agenda.


Please provide the specific article or articles spelled out in the law below which are being used to call the non-public session.


Thank you,


Rich Girard

91-A:3 Nonpublic Sessions.


I. (a) Bodies or agencies shall not meet in nonpublic session, except for one of the purposes set out in paragraph II. No session at which evidence, information or testimony in any form is received shall be closed to the public, except as provided in paragraph II. No body or agency may enter nonpublic session, except pursuant to a motion properly made and seconded.

(b) Any motion to enter nonpublic session shall state on its face the specific exemption under paragraph II which is relied upon as foundation for the nonpublic session. The vote on any such motion shall be by roll call, and shall require the affirmative vote of the majority of members present.

(c) All discussions held and decisions made during nonpublic session shall be confined to the matters set out in the motion.

II. Only the following matters shall be considered or acted upon in nonpublic session:

(a) The dismissal, promotion or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.

(b) The hiring of any person as a public employee.

(c) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the body or agency itself, unless such person requests an open meeting.

(d) Consideration of the acquisition, sale or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community.

(e) Consideration or negotiation of pending claims or litigation which has been threatened in writing or filed against the body or agency or any subdivision thereof, or against any member thereof because of his membership in such body or agency, until the claim or litigation has been fully adjudicated or otherwise settled.

(f) Consideration of applications by the adult parole board under RSA 651-A.

(g) Consideration of security-related issues bearing on the immediate safety of security personnel or inmates at the county correctional facilities by county correctional superintendents or their designees.

(h) Consideration of applications by the business finance authority under RSA 162-A:7-10 and 162-A:13, where consideration of an application in public session would cause harm to the applicant or would inhibit full discussion of the application.

(i) Consideration of matters relating to the preparation for and the carrying out of emergency functions, including training to carry out such functions, developed by local or state safety officials that are directly intended to thwart a deliberate act that is intended to result in widespread or severe damage to property or widespread injury or loss of life.