Dear Goffstown School Board:
I am writing in response to the school board meeting of 5/7/12.
At said meeting, Phil Pancoast went on a tirade regarding one of my articles stating I had received information that was given out in a nonpublic session. Phil Pancoast is wrong.
I published my article based on the following facts, 1) the superintendent recommended all administrators for renewal and 2) all salaries were changed except for one. From these two facts, I deduced that all administrators were voted a raise except for one. I deduced the one not receiving a raise was Jim Hunt based on the fact that MVMS staff, including the Goffstown Education Association president, Ginny Sinclair, attended a Goffstown School Board meeting last year where a letter of complaint was delivered to the GSB from the MVMS staff and was publicly read by a parent. Said complaints included a plea for relief from a toxic working environment.
Despite a large number of MVMS staff appearing before the Goffstown School Board, the current superintendent, Stacy Buckley still recommended renewal for Jim Hunt. Obviously, the GSB accepted that recommendation but did not approve of his job performance because the majority of the board did not give him a raise. One can deduce however, that a threat of a lawsuit against the district was made if renewal was not granted because that is how the system works. It is difficult for a board to get rid of an administrator if a superintendent supports them.
You may want to cause distraction from your disapproval of Jim Hunt's performance by hiring a consultant. The truth is however, that you do have the power to remove Jim Hunt from the building. If you do not direct the superintendent to remove him from the building and give him another assignment, then the MVMS staff can rightly deduce, and they already have done so, that you do not care about them or the culture and climate at MVMS.
I am so proud of the teachers at MVMS, who, despite a toxic working environment and the toll that takes on them personally, continue to be professionals and do a great job teaching our kids. It is a shame the GSB refuses to hear their cries for relief.
Manchester, NH 03102