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October 27, 2013

Timberlane School Board changes mind about eliminating federal organization

School Board reverses decision one week later

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Collins said the board was able to reconsider the motion because the resolution was not clear.

“The resolution we had passed was incomplete,” he said. “They had not filled out the form which said what our rationale was. There was a four-page presentation which was discussed at the meeting, but there was no way that would have fit on the form we had to send in.”

Sandown resident and Timberlane Budget Committee member Donna Green said she was disappointed with the board’s reconsideration.

“Usually when a vote is taken with a full quorum that should be respected unless there is new material information,” Green said. “To me, there was not material information that would make people change their mind. There was just new voters who outvoted the original attendance.”

At the meeting Wednesday, Sherman was vocal in opposing the resolution.

“I don’t want to have Timberlane be laughed at,” she said. “(If this passes), people are going to be like, ‘What’s going on down there?’ There would be no special education, there would be no federal funding to feed kids in a free and reduced lunch program. I’m very concerned about that. I don’t want to be known as that.”

Collins said he didn’t think the topic should have been discussed by the School Board.

“I don’t think that bringing it forward at our School Board meeting was the appropriate place to do it,” Collins said. “We’re supposed to be the board that supports the issues of Timberlane and doing what’s best for Timberlane. I don’t see how this connects to those things at all.”

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