Public Concerns and Complaints about Personnel
School Board Approved: April 1, 2019
Any complaint presented to the Board about school personnel, employees, students or administration, will be
referred back to the Superintendent. The Board will not hear or review complaints until such complaints have
first been brought forth through the appropriate and applicable administrative procedures and the Superintendent
or his/her designee has had a reasonable opportunity to seek to resolve the complaint.
The Board may decline to hear any complaint, which will interfere with its ability to serve as an impartial trier
of fact in any related student or personnel matter. This complaint procedure shall not supersede or modify any
right held by employees of the District under federal law, state law, contract, or collective bargaining agreement.
To the extent it is deemed appropriate by the Superintendent, the individual who is the subject of the complaint may be advised of the nature of the complaint and may be given an opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of the facts. The Superintendent shall seek to resolve the matter and report to the Board.
Complaints about the Superintendent may be made directly to the Board through the Clerk, but only after
reasonable efforts have been made by the complaining party to resolve their complaint directly with the
Superintendent. The Board may, to the extent it is appropriate, advise the Superintendent of the nature of the
complaint and may give the Superintendent an opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of facts.
In the event a complaint is made directly to an individual Board member, the procedure outlined below shall be
The Board member shall refer the person making the complaint to the Superintendent or for investigation. The Superintendent may delegate the investigation to a Principal or other administrator.
If the member of the public will not personally present the complaint to the Superintendent or Principal, the Board member shall then ask that the complaint be written and signed. The Board member will then refer the complaint to the Superintendent for investigation.
If the person making a complaint believes that a satisfactory reply has not been received from the Superintendent, he or she may request that the Board hear the complaint. The Board will hear and act upon the complaint only by majority vote. The Board may decline to act on any complaint which, in its sole judgment, would interfere with the Superintendent's ability to properly administer the district. If the Board does hear and act upon the complaint, all Board decisions shall be final.
If the Board decides, in accord with Paragraph Three, to hear and act upon a complaint that pertains to personnel, employee, student or administrative matters, it shall determine whether the complaint shall be heard in public or non-public session in accord with RSA 91-A:3 and the laws pertaining to student and family privacy rights. The Board shall also determine whether it is appropriate to inform the individual who is the subject of the complaint of the meeting and to provide said individual with further opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of the facts to the Board.
If the Superintendent is the subject of the complaint, the Board shall determine whether the complaint should be heard in public or non-public session in accord with RSA 91-A:3. The Board may, to the extent it is appropriate, advise the Superintendent of the nature of the complaint and may give the Superintendent an opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of the facts.