SANDOWN – The Timberlane Regional School District school board has voted to amend two of its rules that were challenged by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union (NHCLU), and members of the public, on grounds that they infringed on First Amendment rights.
At the board’s organizational meeting last month, members approved newly penned rules about how members should comport themselves and two of these, Rules Seven and Eight, did not sit well with all members. Peter Bealo and Donna Green were against Rule Eight, which restricted communication with the press to the school board chair. Green, a regular blogger on district affairs, also challenged Rule Seven because it forced board members to support all board decisions despite personal misgivings or disagreement.
Following that earlier meeting, the NHCLU sent a letter to the district stating that the rules infringed upon Free Speech rights and threatened further action if they were not rescinded or changed.