Manchester school board adopts rules changes to improve decorum and efficiency
The changes were approved on Tuesday at the board’s organizational meeting, the first of the new session. Normally at the organizational meetings, held by the aldermen and the school board after the inaugural ceremony, the members simply elect board chairmen and receive their committee assignments. They can also adopt changes to the boards’ rules of order, but typically only minor changes are proposed, if any.
The school board meeting, however, lasted two hours, with debate centering on the rule changes. The board first elected a new vice chairman, Dave Wihby, the at-large representative. He beat the only other board member nominated, Ward 2’s Debra Gagnon Langton, 13-2.
The debate over the rules was fueled by objections from Ward 9 school board member Art Beaudry, who proposed nearly a dozen revisions to the document, all but one of which were rejected by large margins.
“This gives a lot of power to one or two individuals on the board and, again, under our rules no single individual is supposed to have any more power than any other board member,” he said.
“This is asking that this board act more professional in how we deal with each other in the future,” Wihby said.
Beaudry also objected to a provision of the rules stating that in “public session ... the Board shall not hear personal complaints of school personnel or complaints against any person connected with the District.”
The board voted to keep the section.
The assignments were another apparent blow for Beaudry. He was removed from the two most powerful committees, Curriculum and Instruction and Coordination, and he received no committee chairmanships. email@example.com