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As a Montpelier resident, I remember that controversy!  I still think the
web site is a great place to inform voters....and that means provide them
with information, not telling them how to vote in ANY way.

David

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:54 AM, Vincent Rossano <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Wells
> > Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 10:49 AM
> > Subject: Re: appropriate Website use?
>
> > but I would say that the Board owns their site.
>
> The school board doesn't own the site; the taxpayers do.  And, yes, the
> school board members represent the taxpayers, but it isn't necessarily
> that straight forward.  Some years ago, our school board chose to do a
> mailing to its constituents to explain why they felt the proposed budget
> should be passed. You might think (as I did) that this was appropriate for
> the board to do, but a group of taxpayers brought a lawsuit against the
> board and superintendent for using taxpayer money to promote the board's
> position.   After a year or so of preliminaries (even I had to give a
> deposition stating how I had helped print mailing labels), the school
> district decided that the plaintiffs had enough of a case to settle with
> them out of court.
>
> -Vince
>