responds (finally) this morning
Board chairman waits until day before Town Vote to
provide "explanation", but the damage is done.
By GUY CARON
Allard is one slick individual.
Back in January, he orchestrated an attempt to find a
loophole in state law to negate the budget committee's
recommended budget of $35.6 million. Thinking he
had found it, he did not contact Budget Committee
chairman Dan Cloutier. Instead, he quietly
contacted the school district's attorney, Ed Kaplan, for
verification. Kaplan erroneously verified Allard's
hopes that the Budget Committee had erred, and Allard
then notified Cloutier of the school board's intent to
publish their own budget on the Town Warrant rather than
the Budget Committee's.
Allard, it turns out, was dead wrong. So was his attorney. So both of them came to the next
Budget Committee meeting to apologize.
Chairman Keith Allard
Then in February, Allard did his best to add $837,529 to
the proposed operating budget at deliberative.
Despite the best efforts of the school district to
"muster their troops", Allard's motion was
Now comes March, Allard's last opportunity to push for
the default budget, which is $803,254 higher than the
proposed operating budget. In addition to his
public campaign to get voters to vote for the default
budget, the school district suddenly announced what Allard
this morning calls "a misunderstanding"
between Mr. Ray Labore and Goffstown News writer Sarah
Lebrun: they had provided inaccurate numbers (in favor
of the default budget they hope is passed) to The
After repeated demands for information from Cloutier
since Thursday, Allard finally sent an email at
10:40 AM this morning to answer Cloutier's
MORE QUESTIONS FOR ALLARD
Below are direct quotes from Allard's email to Cloutier
and the rest of the Budget Committee this morning, along
with a few more questions to him about his responses:
Allard: "Now that Monday morning has come, I have had the opportunity to speak with both Ray Labore and Sarah Lebrun to hear both sides of the story..."
Question: Why did you wait until Monday,
Keith? Did everyone have the day off Friday?
Don't you have phone numbers and email addresses for
your school district personnel? Or perhaps you
needed the extra time to huddle together and concoct
"...and have concluded that it was a misunderstanding between Ray and Sarah
Question: A "misunderstanding"???
Are you asking taxpayers to believe that you, Stacy
Buckley, Ray Labore and the rest of the school district
are so bumbling and inept as to have provided
completely inaccurate tax rate and tax impact numbers to
The Goffstown News by accident??? If so,
perhaps it's time for all of you to resign and turn over
the reigns to a professional management team. If
you're not asking us to believe you're that inept,
then the only remaining conclusion is that it was no
accident. It's also very interesting to note that
the school district only stood to benefit from the
misinformation you provided to The Goffstown News.
Also, The Goffstown News didn't think it was a
"misunderstanding" either. In the corrected
article they published online this morning, they clearly
stated, "Editor's note: This story corrects
information originally provided to us about the school
default budget tax rate."
Allard: "The school district did not calculate the difference in the tax rate or effect on a $250,000 home for the article. This was done by Sarah
Question: So what's your point,
Keith? That Sarah can take the numbers the
school district gave her and add & subtract from
Allard: "I do not believe Ray or Sarah meant to share any incorrect numbers..."
Question: I don't know about Ray, but Sarah Lebrun had no clue she was
sharing incorrect numbers, Keith. That's because
she, along with all taxpayers in Goffstown, have a right
to expect - and demand - that their elected
school officials, as well as the high-priced SAU folks
hired by the school board, should KNOW WHAT THEY'RE
DOING. Is it possible they did know what they were
Allard: "The Goffstown School Board as not orchestrated a movement in the public to support the default budget over the recommended budget committee's number since it was moved to the ballot at deliberative session."
Quesion: Is that so, Keith? Then how
do you explain this quote in the very article we are
talking about: "Maybe the community will vote
in the default budget and we won’t have to make cuts
(within the district),” said School Board Chairman
You were quoted as saying this in an earlier article as
DAMAGE IS DONE
the damage is done. "Misunderstanding"
or not, Allard continues to hope, as he stated in the
article, that taxpayers will vote-in the default budget,
costing us all another $803,254. And
this supposed "misunderstanding" goes a long
way towards helping Allard attain that goal.
The vast majority of Goffstown Residents do not read The
Goffstown News online. Rather, they pick up a copy
at one of numerous locations around town. Allard
knows this, and knows that the correction to the
inaccurate figures the school district provided to The
Goffstown News will not appear in the printed edition until after the Town
Very cleverly orchestrated, Mr. Allard. Very
I have no doubt that should the school default budget
pass, there will be an immediate public outcry for your
resignation and those of Stacy Buckley and Ray Labore.
You and the entire school district have, as Dan Cloutier
said to you in his email, done an incredible
"disservice to the voters". Again.
NOTE: Should any readers wish to obtain a complete copy of Mr.
Allard's email response this morning, please feel free to
contact us at editor@GoffstownResidentsAssociation.com
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