Union Leader Sues Litchfield School Board Over RTK

The Union Leader reported that it has filed a lawsuit against the Litchfield School Board alleging violations of the Right-to-Know Law, RSA 91-A. They allege that the Litchfield School Board held a non-public meeting that included the Litchfield Education Association.  During this meeting a no-confidence vote by the teacher’s union in Superintendent Brian Cochrane was discussed. The exemption claimed for the meeting was RSA 91-A:3, II(a):

(a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.

The Union Leader claims that discussing a no-confidence vote by the teacher’s union does not fall under this exemption. Superintendent Brian Cochrane resigned 2 weeks after the meeting.  The full story is reported here.