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Mega not in any way in violation of Inter-Lakes nepotism policy

To the editor,
I am writing to support Chris Mega who has been instrumental in helping as a mentor in the arts at many different schools throughout the Lakes Region. He cares about the children in the Inter-Lakes School District, moving here 13 years ago specifically because he felt the elementary school seemed to him and his wife a caring and nurturing environment. Chris knows about our schools firsthand as both of his boys attended Inter-Lakes from grade K-12. He has always volunteered in many capacities to help the children, most recently, he videotaped the Middle Tier, "Team Weedbusters," on their journey to promote public awareness on the invasion of milfoil in our
local lakes and streams.
Chris' wife teaches at Inter-Lakes high school, but that does not mean there is an issue in regards to him serving on the school board. In fact, there is a history of an I-L board member serving while his wife was employed within our school district. Even the N.H. State Senate committee, chaired by Sen. Jeanie Forrester, unanimously agreed immediate family members of SAU employees should not be prevented from serving. I have included the important section of policy #8345 as it applies to Mr. Mega. As you will read there is no conflict of interest.
Policy 8345 — Nepotism
"The Board may employ any teacher or other employee if such teacher or other employee is the father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband, son, daughter-in-law, or brother-in-law of the Superintendent or any member of the Board. However, if a conflict of interest arises, the board member shall declare his/her interest and refrain from debating, discussing, or voting on a nomination or other issue."
I ask that you support the children of the I-L school district by voting for an outstanding member of our community that has always given back to our students. Please vote on Tuesday, March 12th, for Chris Mega for School Board. Remember all three towns can vote; Meredith, Center Harbor, and Sandwich for school board candidates. You can learn more about Mr. Mega on his website, www.chrismega.com.
Lynn Thomas
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