teachers, staff deserve to be heard
For over two years
now, repeated attempts by concerned Mountain View
Middle School teachers, staff members, and even
parents, have fallen on deaf ears at the school
At the last school board meeting on Feb.7, public
comment on the issue was shut down. Formal
complaints that have been filed repeatedly over
the last year or two have resulted in no changes
These teachers and staff members deserve - and
have a right - to be heard. Teachers,
especially, have enough on their plates handling
the huge responsibility of educating our children,
and doing so at pay rates that are nowhere near
the top of the scale in New Hampshire.
The school board's inaction is a stark contrast to
the way the Board of Selectmen seems to handle
things when citizens or town personnel come to
them with concerns.
Take the selectmen's meeting of August 9 of last
year. Dan Devriendt, a local businessman,
spoke briefly during public comment, expressing
his concerns over the problems his business was
experiencing due to construction of the Wallace
So what did selectmen do? They asked Mr. Devriendt
to remain, put aside their sizeable agenda, and
worked for nearly half an hour until a solution
was found. It was truly a pleasure to watch,
and as my wife said afterwards, the kind of effort
the selectmen put forth to help a local resident
that evening is just one of the many reasons she
enjoys living in Goffstown (see Selectmen went above and beyond).
I'd suggest every member of the school board go to
PEG-On-Demand and watch the selectmen's meeting of
August 9, 2010. If nothing else, they might
learn a few lessons from what selectmen did that
night, not the least of which is allowing a
citizen (let alone their own teachers and staff)
to actually be heard, and to have their concerns
taken seriously and promptly addressed.
Guy Caron can be
reached via e-mail at: GuyC@GoffstownResidentsAssociation.com
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