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July 29. 2013 3:55PM

Judge allows tonight’s hearing on petitions to remove Franklin school board members

FRANKLIN – A Merrimack County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the Franklin city council can hold a hearing tonight to hear testimony from residents on two 100-signature petitions demanding the removal of the city’s two school board chairs.

Judge Richard B. McNamara Monday ruled against an injunction presented to him Friday by the school board asking for a stop to the hearing.

The injunction claimed the petitions, filed by residents upset about the board’s decision this spring not to rehire football Coach Greg Husband, could not be acted on legally by the council under city law. The board also said it would be illegal under state law for the council to remove elected school board members.

McNamara’s ruling allowed Monday night’s hearing “because the court finds that the (school district) will not suffer irreparable harm if the hearing goes forward,” McNamara wrote.

McNamara heard arguments for and against a school board injunction on the city council Friday afternoon but did not rule on it.

The board said it had to find a new football coach because the NHIAA threatened sanctions against the school unless student athlete behavior improved. It said Husband had been cited twice by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association for alleged unsportsmanlike conduct by his players.

Husband and his supporters say the school board’s account of the alleged incidents are not accurate and say the board mishandled the non-renewal of Husband’s contract by not fully hearing Husband’s side of the story and not reviewing videotapes of one of the alleged incidents.

The hearing is tonight at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

dseufert@newstote.com


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