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Community college administrators greating climate of fear & intimidation

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, there has been a great deal of discussion about the crisis in the New Hampshire Community College System (CCSNH). Of course, one problem is funding. Tuition at our community colleges is the highest in the nation. The main reason is that the state contribution toward a student's education is 25 to 27 percent, while in most states it is more than 50 percent.

Even so, a large part of problem is that the CCSNH is mismanaging the funds it has. While good, competent instructors are being laid off and replaced with (part-time) adjuncts, the CCSNH is investing in new buildings, hiring more administrators, giving administrators huge raises, and wasting money on questionable software systems.

Perhaps there is something to be gained from running a college like a business. Of course, the money has to be spent wisely. But, our current administration would shock even the best business people. Even conservatives should be outraged.

Another problem is since the Community College System separated from state government, there has been little oversight of these things. The Concord Monitor and former CCSNH Vice-Chancellor Chuck Annal, as well as others, have rightly called for an independent investigation.

Such an investigation, however, should not just focus on misspending. It must also focus on the management style in the system over the last few years. This style has been autocratic and includes the creation of a toxic and intimidating work environment at many of our colleges.

The administrators are often far from transparent. Employees are often misinformed and disinformed. To accomplish their goal of getting rid of full-time employees, they have created, in many cases, a climate of fear and intimidation. If the system is to be run like a business, it is not being run like a modern, humane business, but more like a sweatshop or plantation.

As the Monitor suggested, any investigation has to be completely independent. Experience shows that internal investigations can result in consequences for those who dare speak out.

E. Scott Cracraft

Gilford

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Incoming Newfound High freshmen have a promising future

To The Daily Sun,
Today as my husband and I enjoyed a day at Wellington State Park we observed a group of teenagers wearing Newfound Regional High School T-shirts. Being from Bristol, I was curious as to what the group was about and chatted up with one of the councilors and a reporter from one of the local newspapers.

It was a four-day program open to incoming freshmen to help make friends before the start of school. It runs for two weeks and 50-plus freshmen took advantage of this free program. That is almost half of the incoming freshman class. They had a great day, with a cookout, swimming, geo-caching, building sandcastles and that is just what we observed today not sure what the other days activities are.

These teenagers are the future and they have a promising one ahead of them. They were polite, considerate of others and their parents should be proud of them.

Lorrie McGillveary
Bristol

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