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Apr 26, 2016 1:39 PM

Alton community protests election of school board chairman

ALTON — More than 60 people found their way to the Alton Central School library on Monday afternoon to protest the decision to elect a school board chairman without two of the new members of the board, according to the Laconia Daily Sun.

The members in attendance voted unanimously to name Steve Miller as the chairman, even though the other members were unable to make the meeting.

Miller supported his board's decision.

The vice president of the Alton Teachers Association, Scott Bickford, told the paper, "The school board has not properly responded to many parent concerns, including a letter of no confidence that parents presented to the board at a recent meeting. The board has also ignored the results of a culture and climate survey completed by 38 of 44 teachers. Now the board is not allowing all of its elected members to be a complete part of their process. People want a fair school board that is going to listen to its concerned and frightened parents,community members and teachers. People want a board that will deal with the issues, and a board that will take appropriate, positive action for our students."

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