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Timberlane board member questions approval of policies

June 10. 2014 9:51PM

PLAISTOW — As a new member on the Timberlane School Board this year, Donna Green has not been shy about questioning the administration or other board members.


At the most recent board meeting, Green raised an issue about how the board goes about approving district policies.


At the June 6 board meeting, member Michael Mascola moved forward 10 policies for adoption that were on the agenda for a second reading. Those policies had been moved forward for the second reading at the board’s May 29 meeting.


Green objected to the motion to approve the policies because she said she did not feel as though she had the opportunity to change the wording of some of the policies she had concerns about.

She said she felt the policies should have been discussed at another board policy committee meeting before coming forward for a second reading.

“I have not had an opportunity to work on the wording, and therefore, I do not think they are ready for a second reading,” said Green.

Mascola said that he had sent an email to Green trying to clarify the process of how policies are adopted by the School Board.

“The policy committee does its work, and then it goes to a first reading and then to a second reading,” said Mascola. “So we are following through the process in which we normally adopt our policies. We are doing nothing different.”


However, Green said she believes that without a separate policy committee meeting between the two readings, she has been unable to address concerns she might have.


Board member Robert Collins said someone can always make a motion to move an individual policy back to the policy committee if he or she has issues with it.

Board member Peter Bealo was more direct in his criticism of Green’s request.The policies were approved by all the members of the School Board with Green casting the only dissenting vote.

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