Oct 15, 2014 11:12 PM

Londonderry school officials react to email obtained by parent accusing them of favoritism


LONDONDERRY- Londonderry parent, David Fletcher, fought and won the right to videotape school buses.

Fletcher said he did it to show the district changed school bus routes for some children, and not others, including his own daughter.

The Londonderry School District strongly denies the allegation.

"I think that you have two folks, who have all this power, and they've created this like vacuum of power where they can control how things are set up," said Fletcher, as he referred to Londonderry Superintendent Nathan Greenberg and School Business Administrator Peter Curro.

Fletcher claims the two men hold all the cards when it comes to changing school bus routes in Londonderry, and they are not doing it fairly.

To prove his point, Fletcher obtained an internal email from the school district
through a public records request.

In the August email, Curro said, "STOP AT 7 REV PARKER...YES I OWE HIM A FAVOR."

"You can't interpret that, and I can see where it could be, but you can't interpret that as being cronyism or undue consideration to someone," said Greenberg in response to the email. "There was a specific reason that stop was put there. It was for family reasons of a significant nature."

Greenberg would not elaborate on those reasons.

As NH1 has reported, Fletcher claims school buses pick up some students in cul-de-sacs. For instance, the children of School Board Chairwoman Leitha Reilly. Fletcher also lives in a cul-de-sac, but his daughter has to walk to what he calls a sometimes busy intersection on Otterson Road.

"Now, I'm going to tell you since you're standing right there, and he witnesses it," Curro said responding to Fletcher's accusation. "I had no, excuse me, effing idea where Ms. Reilly lived."

Curro told NH1 there was a bus stop near Reilly's home, even before she had kids. He adds that her cul-de-sac is much larger than Fletcher's, which means her children would have to walk farther than school bus policy allows.

Still, Fletcher takes issue.

"We look at it as just basically taking my tax money and repaying favors with it, when we have legitimate concerns or issues, and they're being denied," said Fletcher.

Fletcher has made a formal complaint with the state. He told NH1, his concerns about his daughter's bus stop will be heard in the coming weeks.


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