Budget Madness! Wise Old Yankee Owl Came A Calling…..Part 1

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onlyhennikerbruce January 21, 2019

During Sunday’s snow storm, I was sitting in front of the roaring fire…nodding off to the wonderful warmth provided by the burning hardwoods… when suddenly my computer dinged in a message.

It was the Wise Old Yankee Owl came a calling…and this is what the Owl taught me….

  • you shall learn my son that, ” that when a large group of individuals try to decide whether to buy a Cadillac or a Kia the concept of buying a Ford rarely ever gets discussed.
  • you shall learn my son  that, “a vote of less than 5% of the registered voters in town represents the “ will of the people”.
  • you shall learn my son that, “some folks speak with great persuasiveness on topics discussed at the meeting and the audience has less than one hour to fact check.”
  • you shall learn my son that, “the vast majority of money spent on both our town and our schools are dedicated to contractual agreements with employees. And, the terms and conditions of those contractual obligations are rarely spoken of in detail at Annual Meetings.”

Thank you Wise Old owl…my nap was deep, long and warm!

Stay tuned…More Owl to come.

OHB…keeping it real… making it easier for you to find the facts so you can draw your own conclusions…..

“There are things public officials would never do if they thought somebody might call them out on it.”


3 thoughts on “Budget Madness! Wise Old Yankee Owl Came A Calling…..Part 1

  1. Cheryl morse says:

    Can I add to the madness, Bruce? NH House Education committee will hear testimony tomorrow at 1:30 in rm 207 on HB 302. Here is partial text ” all communications an filings between the dept. of education, state board of education, the dept of revenue admin., and a school administrative unit shall be made available to every school board member of that school administrative unit.” It’s shocking that we have to secure this by law. Apparently, Superintendents can have these communications and withhold them from the board! We certainly know about the secrecy and deliberate withholding of ipublic information from Henniker’s SAU. This bill comes from NH districts struggling with great antagonism between the board and the superintendent. perhaps this bill is because a lawsuit to force transparency would take time and district money so let’s clearly get a law on the books. Just FYI but what say you?


    • It is clearly obvious that Henniker’s School Board is totally unprepared and kept in the dark on a lot of issues. It could be that some members may just not ask.

      I was shocked to learn from the school board chair that she did not have an electronic copy of the tentative collective bargaining agreement for the teachers and support staff. it took her two days to email it to me….


  2. Cheryl Morse says:

    Bruce, while I did attend the NH House Education hearing on HB 302 about school administrators communications being made available to their school board members, I did not send the above forewarning and description of the bill. So, it seemed odd to me that my name is at the heading as if I were the author. Any corrections you can make to this?


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