‘Alternative school board’ empaneled
Members of the panel met in the aldermanic chambers at City Hall, with three Manchester police officers standing outside the closed-door meeting.
“We needed to find an alternative board. We did it by agreement of the parties,” he said. “It’s inherent in the process to provide due process to employees ... It’s really when the school board is trying to be as fair and impartial as possible. ” O’Shaughnessy said there was “precedent in New Hampshire for this kind of process,” although he said he couldn’t “off the top of my head” provide an example of another district forming such a board.
Under the law, the body may only enter nonpublic session “pursuant to a motion properly made and seconded.”
There is no reference to an “alternative” school or aldermanic board in the city’s charter or ordinances.
“It was a non-meeting meeting,” he said. “It was as if some people got together, had a couple doughnuts and left.”
O’Shaughnessy said he and the superintendent determined the make-up of the “alternative board” by “going down a list ... from people formerly on the school board and other public servants, to members of the aldermanic board.”
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