ALTON – Alton Central School Board Chair Sandy Hayes signed a letter of employment for the new education services company hired by the School Board so that its co-president – existing Superintendent William Lander - could present it to a bank for proof of employment.
Hayes said she signed the letter after the School Board secretary drafted it based on the minutes of a decision by three of the five members to hire YET (Youth Education Tomorrow) for $125,000 in exchange for services for a superintendent and one year of services for a curriculum director.
The existing curriculum director, Pam Forbes, has expressed a desire to return to the classroom and tendered her resignation about a week before the selectmen met in a non-public session to hire YET.
As news of the pending contract with YET spread throughout Alton, residents pushed back. Nearly 75 people were at the School Board last Tuesday when the matter was reconsidered. After a lengthy session, the board voted unanimously to reconsider awarding the contract to YET.
Despite questioning from the other board members, neither Hayes nor the school board secretary could or would say who initiated the letter. Hayes said she signed it, but she is used to signing things on behalf of the board because she is the chair.
Lander and Gilford Middle School Principal Sydney Leggett formed YET, LLC in December and submitted the incorporation paperwork to the N.H. Secretary of State's office on Dec. 18.
Leggett was the curriculum director at Alton Central School who became principal in 2012. She signed a three-year principal contract but left Alton in 2014 to become the Gilford School District's middle school principal.
She tendered her resignation to Gilford school administrators on Feb. 12.
School Board Vice Chair Terri Noyes said yesterday the School Board has posted a meeting for today at 9 a.m.
She said the primary reason for the meeting is to consult with the school attorney – a session that will be held as a "non-meeting." Noyes said the board posted the meeting in the event the board wishes to take immediate action based on the advice they get from their attorney.
Some of the questions Noyes would like the attorney to answer include the validity of hiring a private company to run the school district in a non-public session and whether or not the letter of employment sent to Profile Bank should be withdrawn.
Noyes said the School Board also decided last Tuesday to form a citizen's committee to advise it on the hiring of a superintendent and a principal.