Category: Right To Know Law (RSA 91A)

Rumney School District Expenses

Detailed expense reports regarding the Rumney School District

Vendor Detail

Account Detail

2013

2014

2015

2016 (fiscal ytd thru 3/31/2016) 

 

This information was ascertained via a Right to Know request filed with the school district.

The Rumney school district should post this information periodically to their web site so that all interested citizens would have easy and timely access to this information.  Taxpayers shouldn’t have to file a right to know request to gain access to this information.

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Learn more about Right to Know in NH

Learn more about New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know Law during national Sunshine Week.  Come to a panel discussion on The Right-to-Know Law in New Hampshire: “Where are We? Where are We Going?” on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.  This event is sponsored by the New England First Amendment Coalition and the Nackey S. Loeb School.

The discussion will cover your right to know what your government is doing, how to access information and when other societal interests compete with your right to know.

The panel will feature experts from all perspectives on the Right-to-Know Law:

  • William L. Chapman, attorney and Board member, New England First Amendment Coalition;
  • Lisa M. English, Senior Assistant Attorney General;
  • Rick Gagliuso, attorney and Board member, New England First Amendment Coalition;
  • Cordell A. Johnston, attorney and lobbyist, New Hampshire Municipal Association;
  • David Saad, President, Right to Know NH, a citizens’ group working to improve access to government in New Hampshire;
  • Trent Spiner, President, New Hampshire Press Association.

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications is located at 749 E. Industrial Park Drive in Manchester, NH. We look forward to seeing you there!

Used with  permission of Right to Know NH, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving adherence to and strengthening the Right-to-Know Law (RSA 91-A). RighttoknowNH.wordpress.com

School Board fails to explain costs of ongoing legal dispute

During the school board meeting of March 19, 2013, a citizen expressed some concerns regarding the ongoing costs of the ROW dispute that had been mentioned during a previous budget review session.  The citizen expressed concerns over the costs incurred and how their taxes will be impacted.

The school board explained that they have pending legal issues that they are not at liberty to discuss at this time.

So why didn’t the school board explain the costs being incurred?  Why are they not willing to discuss the financial impact of their decisions?

The school board’s budget for legal fees for this fiscal year is $2,500.  The budget for legal fees for next year is also $2,500.  To date, the school has spent over $22,000  on the ROW dispute.  I had to file several right to know requests with the school board to gain access to this information.  Everyone has a right to this information.  The school board should willingly provide it when asked.  However, if they don’t and you want this information then you can file your own right to know request with the school board just as I have done.  Contact me if you would like more information.  Of course, you can also visit this blog periodically and check out the School Board Legal Dispute Spending Tally in the column to the right.  I will be keeping the Rumney taxpayers updated on the amount of your tax dollars being spent on this ROW dispute.

Here are the school Board minutes for March 19 2013.

Welcome

As a concerned taxpayer and Rumney resident I have started this blog to provide information relevant to the residents of Rumney, NH regarding:

  1. Your right to know where your tax dollars go
  2. Issues which impact the taxpayers
  3. Openness in the conduct of public business

The right to know law RSA 91-A:1 states “Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people.”

My goal is to bring greater awareness to the Rumney community of the actions taken by our local government. I believe that whenever someone advocates for transparency and full disclosure by shining light on the activities of local elected officials, that information serves to help voters make informed decisions.

David Saad