GOFFSTOWN 5 June 2012 (excerpt): Goffstown School Board Vice-Chair Dian McCarthy voted last night to proceed with a questionable competitive bid process involving her employer The Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC), located in Bedford NH.
When first confronted by Girard at Large over the potential conflict of interest, McCarthy admitted that she did, in fact, work for SERESC but defended her participation in the discussion over hiring a consultant to review the issues at Mountain View Middle School by noting she did not work in the part of the company involved with those consulting services. (To view the Goffstown School Board's Conflict of Interest Policy click here.) The following links are to her employer, it's staff directory, and the program she works for.
In that email, she also stated: "When the time comes to deliberate on awarding a contract, although it is not a contract that would benefit me personally in any way, I will none the less be recusing myself from the discussion and vote."
While the vote she cast last night was to continue with the process of evaluating bids so that a consultant could be hired, presumably at the board's meeting on June 18th, the reality remains that had she not voted, the motion to proceed, which passed 4 to 3 with one abstention, would have failed. Because of her vote, her employer, which at one point was publicly identified as the "low bidder" remains positioned to win the bid.
In a news story published by Girard at Large on May 21, 2012, McCarthy reportedly stated she would no longer participate in any discussions regarding this topic. To view that story, click here.
Girard at Large has sent several requests to Goffstown Superintendent of Schools Stacy Buckley under the state's Right to Know Law, requesting information on the Request for Proposal process used to solicit bidders for these services. Click here and here for those stories. From those inquiries, we've been able to determine the following: ....CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING....