DOVER, N.H. — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether information gathered in the hiring of a school district superintendent should be released to the public.
The court scheduled a hearing Jan. 26 in the city of Dover’s appeal of a judge’s order that it release the names of 32 applicants for the local school district superintendent’s job and the scoring sheets used by a search committee in evaluating each candidate.
Jeffrey Clay, of Alton, described his filing for the information in 2014 under the Right-to-Know law as an act of public advocacy. He said he was not opposed to Elaine Arbour, who was eventually hired to fill the post.
“I’m interested in bringing the appointment of teachers and superintendent of schools out from behind closed doors,” Clay said Thursday, according to Foster’s Daily Democrat (http://bit.ly/2ish9CU ).
“I honestly believe every aspect of the process should be public. … You cannot take the most important decision that a school board makes and hide it from the public,” Clay said.
A superior court judge ordered the city to release the information, and the city appealed to the state Supreme Court, citing privacy concerns. The city alleges that certain aspects of the hiring process are done outside the public sphere to protect individuals and applicants.
The New Hampshire Municipal Association and the New Hampshire School Board Association filed briefs in support of the city.
Information from: Foster’s Daily Democrat, http://www.fosters.com