SAU 15 board members urged to behave during discussion on decorum
During a special SAU 15 board meeting at the Auburn Village School Wednesday night, two resolutions were adopted detailing how board members should treat one another and interact with SAU staff.
During the special meeting, which was called last week, multiple members of the SAU board — comprised of the Auburn, Candia and Hooksett school boards — became visibly frustrated with the proceedings.
Deb LeBlond and Nicole LaFlamme of the Candia School Board both expressed frustration with Hooksett School Board members David Pearl and John Lyscars over their behavior during the meeting.
After Pearl announced he would abstain from voting for the resolutions, LeBlond responded, "All it says is that we will act like normal responsible respectful human beings, how can you not support it? There is no weird stuff in there. This is the problem, David, you always ask questions and it's annoying, that is what people are upset about."
LaFlamme then turned to Hooksett School Board Chair Trish Korkosz and remarked that she now has an understanding of what she has to endure during Hooksett meetings.
While Lyscars was discussing the second resolution, which directed board members to limit their communication with the staff in the SAU and the superintendent, Lyscars asked LaFlamme why she was shaking her head while he was speaking.
"Because I can't stand it anymore," she replied.
Pearl and Lyscars both objected to voting on the resolutions, saying that they were not on the agenda provided to board members before the meeting and that without clarification as to whether they were policy or resolutions, and what the differences entail, they could not vote on the matter.
SAU 15 attorney Melissa Hewey of the law firm Drummond and Woodsum, responded that the resolutions are designed to provide guidance for members only, and that there is no penalty for violating them. Board members added that the resolutions were needed because of the perception that certain members are monopolizing the time of the superintendent and SAU employees with dozens of phone calls and emails almost daily.
"(The resolutions) are the will of the board, and quite frankly, it is unfortunate that it has had to come to this, that we have to say that we treat Dr. (Charles) Littlefield with respect and dignity. It is important that we do that, it is the will of board that we treat anyone to do with the SAU with respect. We should not be sending hundreds of emails or making many, many phone calls. Basically, let's all behave ourselves," LaFlamme said.