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In My Opinion... by Jason Guerrette An Invasion of Privacy
I would like to thank everyone that took the time to come out to vote last week. Although I did not win re-election, my plans are to continue to participate and work to improve education and the governing process. I still plan on making sure those that are elected to represent us represent all of us and are held accountable for their actions. Politics can be a very ugly affair. People’s
words and actions are twisted far from the truth. That is an unsettling reality in today’s
world where mudslinging has become the norm and the line between right and wrong indistinguishable. Here is one such example. In the evening on Sunday before
last Tuesday’s election, Dennis Miller distributed a flier throughout Litchfield. Targeted to families whose addresses were given to him by the school district from student records. This flier that greatly exaggerated the facts included something that went well over the line of common decency. It was written to create the perception that I was a convicted gun toting, wife beater. Without knowing anything of the truth, Dennis took the lowest possible route. He wanted all of you to believe that if you chose me, you were choosing a criminal. What he cared least about in his quest for power was my wife and children. He was so blinded by the lust for re-election; he chose to plant that seed in your mind. Here are the facts. Ten years ago in Ohio, while I slept after an overnight work shift, my now ex-wife prepared herself for an oncoming child custody battle. She took my handgun from its locked closet, hid it under the seat of my truck, called the police and complained of spousal abuse. It took no time for the small town police department to rouse me from my slumber and arrest me for carrying a concealed weapon and domestic violence. What Dennis also failed to mention is that the entire event was dismissed when the facts came out. I did have to pay a fine for improper storage of a firearm for my gun being in my truck in the driveway.
Just like a
speeding ticket. Soon thereafter I received sole physical custody of both my sons and found my way to New Hampshire to start a new life. I later remarried and moved to Litchfield. So then, why do I feel that I have to now explain all of this?
Simple. None of it had to be told. Why did Dennis Miller feel it was ok to bring up any of this? Why have some flier sitting on someone’s counter become fodder for a mean kid’s ridicule of my two sons over something they know nothing of and did not happen? My sons who were just toddlers had known none of this. Why does my wife now have to feel that wherever she goes out of the house people think she is the victim of domestic violence or married to a man that has a past of domestic violence? Dennis’ invasion of our privacy so he could make the case that I abused her and/or my children, is well beyond despicable when shown under true light. While a portion of you are rejoicing in Dennis’ re-election, realize that this is his method of personal destruction. This is how you will be treated if you get in his way. I was told repeatedly that if I took on the school district that this is exactly what would have happened. They would go after my kids and my family. That is exactly what has happened. Your support of Dennis Miller by either directly voting for him, or indirectly by not voting, has enabled him to believe that his behavior is justified. Litchfield has publicly condoned this behavior. The teachers union, who outside the polls stood shoulder to shoulder with him at the entrance of the polls, condones it. Is their interest in all of the kids, or just those that support their positions? Dennis Miller would have you believe he has children interests at
heart. He does not. He has his own shallow, power hungry desires controlling him. And now we have that for the next three years making decisions about the direction of our schools and what our kids are taught. This man that cannot see the difference between right and wrong is who you have chosen. Well done Litchfield, well done. For more details and information, please do come visit my website: www.litchfieldeducationmatters.com
. In My Opinion is strictly an OP-ED column that stands on the opinion of one writer, Jason Guerrette, as opposed to a newspaper reporter who does not provide an opinion but reports the facts. This column, in many instances, is a counterpoint to published stories and does not reflect the unbiased reporting policy of the Hudson~Litchfield News or the opinion of the management, advertisers and ownership of Area News Group.
Policy on Community Use of Schools Reviewed
by Lynne Ober The Hudson School Board continued to review a policy that outlines community use of Hudson schools. According to the policy, the board ”may grant the use of school facilities to public agencies and to responsible, properly organized community groups, private organizations, and individuals for any lawful purpose, including the purposes of education, elections, and civic welfare. Such use shall not displace any school activity unless approved in advance by the Superintendent or his/her designee.” However, it is the Superintendent of Schools, or designee, who
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”may approve the use of school facilities by outside organizations.” Charges for facility use shall be made according to the schedule of fees developed by the Superintendent and approved by the School Board. In addition, proof of liability insurance shall be required for the use of school property. “The Superintendent shall establish such rules and regulations as are needed to implement this policy as well as to assure the preservation of District property.” The policy states that “all organizations and groups, permitted by
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law, may rent school facilities according to the following regulations, and at fees set out on the “District Rental Fee Schedule.” All organizations except those described in the following paragraphs shall pay a fee. A reasonable use fee shall be charged for the lease of school facilities and property and this fee may be offset by goods contributed or services rendered by the user. “Reasonable use fee” means an amount that is at least equal to the cost for utilities, services, supplies or personnel provided to the lessee pursuant to the terms of the lease. If the school administration determines a custodian is necessary the charge will be at the overtime rate.” School activities will take precedent over all community use and the policy states, “the District will use its best efforts to avoid conflicts with approved use of the facilities and property but no lease or use provision shall be effective if the administrator of the facility finds that it would cause delay, cancellation, or rescheduling of a school- sponsored activity.” According to the policy, “the Superintendent may permit the uncompensated use of facilities and property by any school related group or by any organization whose membership is open to the public and whose activities promote the educational function of the District. “ Educational function” means uses that are directly related to the educational mission of the District as adopted by the
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School Board and includes the educational mission related uses of parent-teacher organizations and youth organizations.” The policy outlines category A usage as, “Branches of Hudson municipal government (includes no charge for custodian or utilities); school approved organizations, e.g., PTO, Friends of Music, Boosters; not-for-profit private school and established youth organizations i.e. scouts, youth sports, musical, and theatrical, etc.; local groups including religious, cultural, fraternal, patriotic, political, service and duly established charitable organizations where no admission is charged and/or no other profit-making activity is engaged in (no charge if held during time when the school is open). No charge for use of the facility or custodial costs shall be charged to the Hudson Recreational Department for use during the basketball season.” However, custodial costs shall be charged for any profit making
activity where admission is charged and sponsored by or part of one of the groups identified in Categories A. The charge will be applied only if the activity is scheduled when custodians are not scheduled for normal work activity. As outlined in the policy, Category B are “private promoters for
their own exclusive profit, and any individual/group not specifically mentioned as part of Category A.
District Rental Fee Schedule Facility
Gymnasium (1/2 day) Gymnasium (full day)
AHS/AMS football field (1/2 day) AHS/AMS football field with lights AHS/AMS football field (full day) AHS/AMS football field with lights Locker Room (1/2 day) Locker Room (full day) Cafeteria or Kitchen (1/2 day) Cafeteria or Kitchen (full day) Classroom (1/2 day) Classroom (full day)
Cat. A N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Cat. B $250 $500 $250 $250 $500 $500 $40 $80 $200 $400 $60 $120
Utilities $25 $50 N/A $50 N/A $50 N/A N/A $25 $50 N/A N/A
In addition, the use of the football field(s) in excess of one week shall be considered “season rate.” The rate for the season shall be recommended to the School Board by the administration. The rate shall be based on several factors including the number of participation, type of use, number of practices and games, etc. Any recommendation for season use shall include a Memorandum of Understanding to be approved by the School Board. The ongoing practice of asking the school board for the use of the Hills House grounds will continue. The rental fee will be determined by the School Board. If custodian coverage is required, the hourly charge is $31 per hour for each custodian. If a Food Service employee is required, the hourly charge is $17 for each employee. Full day use of a facility is considered any use in excess of four hours.
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