Ted Siefer's City Hall: New beginning for some, same old same old for others
At the end of those organizational meetings, the aldermen and school board members received the mayor's committee assignments, and the decisions might lead some of them to conclude that Gatsas has been making a list and checking it twice.
"His speech was about the need to move forward and forget the past, but it's obvious he'll never forget. He's all about retribution and retaliation and getting back at people," Levasseur said.
But then Ward 5 Alderman Ed Osborne, a 20-year veteran of the board, was also somewhat miffed by his assignments. He lost his chairmanship of the Land and Buildings Committee and was shifted to two new committees, Bills on Second Reading and Accounts. He's not the chairman of either.
"I've been very clear, I don't do things based on a political nature," he told me. "Putting committees together is not an easy thing. Some people will be happy and some won't."
"I think the committee work will be interesting," he said. "I didn't expect any favors of any kind. I went in there with low expectations, being the new kid coming back after so many years."
Then there's Art Beaudry, the Ward 9 school board member. He got bumped from his somewhat unlikely chairmanship of the Information Technology Committee (the guy doesn't use email), and he received just two committee assignments: Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, and Student Conduct.
The most significant thing to come out of Tuesday's organizational meeting was the thorough overhaul of the board's rules of order. If the school board were Congress, the document might have been called the "Anti-Beaudry Act of 2014."
On Monday, the school board will hold its first meeting of the new year, so we'll get to see the new rules in action soon enough.
Ted Siefer is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter: @tbsreporter.
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