Ted Siefer's City Hall: Chorus of grumbling grows over Manchester school administration
Members of the media have grumbled for a while now that it's not always easy to get information from Livingston's administration, and that significant developments and documents don't always find their way onto agendas or into the packets released to the public.
Public meetings always contain an element of theater, and so it was that Gatsas brought forward - on the agenda of the meeting - his plan to convene a special committee to deal with the ongoing review by the federal Office for Civil Rights.
School board member John Avard implored Livingston to adopt the past practice of sending out regular email updates to the school board.
LAST WEEK, the teachers union once again broke Mayor Gatsas' heart.
Ever the optimist, Gatsas said he was hopeful the parties could sit down again in the near future.
Referring to the union's president, Gatsas said, "I think he's going to be out polling his membership about what items they didn't like, and as soon as he gets that back, then maybe we'll sit down and talk again."
Arnold, in case you do not recall, is the fresh-faced former Ward 12 alderman who surprised everyone and came within single digits of Mayor Gatsas in last November's election.
Arnold was considering it, but then put out a statement last week saying he would instead focus on the challenges facing Manchester.
It's no wonder that Arnold is still keeping his "Arnold for Mayor" Twitter and Facebook accounts active.
It's the last scheduled meeting of the fiscal year, and the aldermen's last, best chance to put together a budget.
And on top of that, they'll have lots of unfinished business that they will want to wrap up before the end of the budget year.
Ted Siefer is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @tbsreporter.
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