EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 13, 2013

Governor, Executive Council come to Windham High

Meeting planned at Windham High School

By John Toole

---- — WINDHAM — Gov. Maggie Hassan is coming to town.

She’s bringing the Executive Council with her.

The governor and council will sit down for a business meeting Wednesday at Windham High.

The governor’s pending visit pleased new principal Ryan Kaplan.

“It is an honor for Windham High School to be chosen as the location for the Executive Council meeting,” Kaplan said. “Not only will it be an opportunity for some of our students to meet the governor and other elected members of state government, but it will be a chance for us to showcase our outstanding educational program.”

The five-member Executive Council is very important in state government, Rep. Mary Griffin, R-Windham said.

“They have many jobs,” Griffin said. “They approve all the contracts and the governor’s nominations.”

The council takes its responsibilities seriously, Griffin said.

“They leave no stone unturned,” she said.

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, son of former Gov. John H. Sununu and brother of former Sen. John E. Sununu, represents Windham and 10 other towns from the region on the council. Sununu is a Republican.

Griffin encourages residents to come watch.

“They will know all the goings on,” she said.

Griffin plans to be there.

“I wouldn’t miss it,” she said.

The council typically takes its meetings on the road during the summer and early fall, so citizens in different parts of the state can interact with councilors and other officials.

Earlier this month, the council convened at the University of New Hampshire.

The meeting agenda will be posted on the state website prior to the session.

This will be the first official gubernatorial visit to the high school since then-Gov. John Lynch delivered a speech at the first Windham High graduation in 2012.

President Obama held a campaign rally at the school last year.

The governor and council will have breakfast at the school. Windham students will lead Hassan on a tour of their school before the meeting.

The council’s less formal breakfast meeting is at 9 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m.

Both are open to the public.