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Selectmen met in private 11 times over a recent 3-month period

To The Daily Sun,

A review of the Sanbornton selectmen's minutes for a three-month period — March 16 through June 22 — reveals that they went into secret sessions — called "non-public" — 11 times and each time they voted to seal the non-public minutes and announced that no decision was made at the session. I don't ever recall our selectmen using this non-public session option that frequently in the past.

At the Sanbornton Meet the Candidates Night back in March we were promised more open communications between the board and the public in the future by one of the candidates. I wonder when that is going to happen?

One example of the lack of communications is, without a public notice, the selectmen deciding that they would no longer meet every week for June and July and perhaps August. Perhaps this type of decision should be discussed at our next Town Meeting.

It would seem that any management group like the Board of Selectmen should be capable of developing a summer schedule that would ensure that two of the three selectmen would be available each week to conduct town business as usual. Is that too much for us to ask for as taxpayers.

Bill Whalen


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Symphonic band will still be a part of the regular LHS school day

To The Daily Sun,

Dear LHS Community:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Laconia High School community. It is quite evident through the outpouring of support from the community, teachers, and students that the music program at Laconia High School will continue to thrive. As you are aware, Laconia High School suffered a nearly $600,000 budget reduction for the 2016-2017 school year. In the light of this reality difficult decisions had to be made, and unfortunately each decision affected our LHS students in various ways.

However, through the collaborative efforts of the district administrators and the Laconia High School music program director, Symphonic Band will not be moved from the regular school day. Instead, it will be offered during Sachem Support, a multi-tiered flex block that provides academic interventions and enrichment opportunities for all students during the regular school day.
We believe this decision will best serve the students of Laconia High School.
David Bartlett
Interim Principal
Laconia High School

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