Assistant Principal Pamela Bigelow has been sending out emails in an attempt to garner support and intimidate the Budget Committee members into giving the School Board everything it wants. Bigelow and Dassau are upset that the Committee has proposed a budget of 8 million for the school to operate on and have twisted facts and threatened a suit if the committee doesn't cave to their demands. Below are copies of emails sent out by the assistant principal this past week.
From: "Pamela Bigelow"
With Dr. Dassau's permission, I am forwarding his message below (and attached letter to the Budget Committee Chair) to inform you of what is happening with the school board's proposed budget for next year and the Winchester Budget Committee. We are encouraging all who are able to attend the public hearing this coming Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, at 7 PM at the Winchester Town Hall to voice your concerns and opinions. --Pam
Pam Bigelow, Assistant Principal
85 Parker Street
Winchester, NH 03470
From: Ken Dassau
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 11:27 AM
To: Pamela Bigelow; allstaff
Subject: RE: Budget Hearing on Tuesday
Attached are the documents that will be added to the district's budget page on Tuesday.
The Winchester Budget Committee at its meeting on December 6th passed a motion to reduce the school budget to 8 million. That is a 30.5 % decrease from the school board's proposed budget which equals $3,510,850.
Such action was taken without deliberation or concern for the impact on the children of Winchester. A copy if their meeting minutes is attached.
Since that time they have met four times with school administrators to review the school board's proposed budget. To date they have not changed their position - nor have they decided on, or identified, any budget areas for reductions.
Their public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday January 3.
You will see in the attached documents that I have informed the board chair Mr. Moser - that I believe their action is in violation of their legal responsibilities and illegal in accordance with the "10% rule" as decided in the Baker v Hudson case.
I read and presented the attachments to the full committee at their meeting last night. They are public documents.
Tuesday will provide an interesting welcome to the New Year.
Best to you all.
Kenneth R. Dassau, Ed.D.
From: Pamela Bigelow
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 8:58 AM
Subject: Budget Hearing on Tuesday
Attached is the fortnight for our return from vacation. Please note that the Winchester Budget Committee has scheduled a public hearing on next year’s school budget for this coming Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, at 7 PM at the Town Hall. All staff members are encouraged to attend, as this is our opportunity to hear what the Budget Committee is proposing and to have input. FYI, there has been one proposal to cut the school’s budget by over $3 million without any suggestions, to date, as to how we could effectively operate the school and educate Winchester’s children under those circumstances. For more information, check the Superintendent’s Page on the web site – http://www.wnhsd.org/departments.cfm?subpage=748068 – or contact any administrator with your questions.
I hope you all had a restful, happy vacation!
These are the tactics our School Board uses to insure they get what they want and to hell with the rest of us. They use your children as pawns in their game of intimidation and double-speak. Our Educational System is running amok with irresponsible people in charge and making demands upon society that are not only outlandish but hurtful as well. Intimidation and threats are shameful actions, especially by those we entrust to educate our children.