The first area of combining school and town functions presented will be on a agreement as it relates to operation of the cable studio. This step follows a joint meeting of the Londonderry Town Council and Londonderry School Board last summer. In that meeting tittled 10-2-5 by School Board Member Steve Young one of the publishers of this web site several items were identified as areas of possible consideration.
- Human Resources
- Cable Studio
- Combined use of Town and School District Offices
10-2-5 stood for Ten Leaders, two Chief Executive Officers and at least Five ideas to save money and increase services.
The Superintendent of Schools, Nate Greenberg and the Town Manager, Dave Caron worked together and selected the Cable Studio as an option for saving operating expenses for Londonderry.
Proponents of the cable studio consolidation argue that this “will save money and expand services.” Opponents of the “takeover” feel that “This is about protecting 1stAmendment Rights of Free Speech” and that it “will not save that much money.” Other issues have been brought up by supporters and those that do not support the plan.
Nate is scheduled to present the plan he completed with Dave at the Town Council meeting on Monday. The meeting starts on February 2nd at 7pm.
This video was published on the internet under the title “Londonderry School board will “AGAIN” attempt again to takeover the Public Cable Access at a near future Town meeting. See the Video of the 2003 attempted take over.”
You may be interested in some of these news stories available on the issue.
Cable television Director Dottie Grover would be out of a job if the school district takes over the cable access center from the town.
The programming that runs on the town’s six cable channels also could suffer if the plan submitted by Superintendent Nate Greenberg were to gain the approval of the Town Council, according to Town Council Chairman Marty Bove.
The issue is scheduled for debate Monday night and Grover has asked the 150 volunteers at the center to stand up for the programs they create….
Read the full story in the Eagle Tribune by Eric Parry “Londonderry cable director’s job in question”
Greenberg feels it would be an effective way of streamlining services and administration, and argues that the move would result in a savings of more than $40,000.
While we recognize that the proposal is in its infancy and many questions still need to be explored and answered, we believe that the town should give it serious consideration.
Greenberg’s plan represents not only a responsible and thoughtful effort to make municipal government more cost effective, it also shows a recognition of the place multi-media will occupy in the classroom of the 21st century.
Read the rest of this opinion in the Derry News “Cable access shift worth considering”
Dottie Grover, director of cable services for the Town of Londonderry, sent an e-mail to her volunteers asking for support in keeping the Londonderry Access Center on the town’s budget.
This was in response to a proposal by Superintendent of Schools Nate Greenberg to have the school district take control of the access center, which would eliminate Grover’s position.
The proposal came as a result of the direction of the town council and school board last year to take a look at where money could be saved in the areas of human resources, finance and information technology.
Grover, who earns $80,879 in salary and benefits…
Read the rest of the story by Suzanne Laurent “School district proposes to take charge of cable studio” in the Derry News
Read the rest of the story for the full proposal crafted by Town Manager Dave Caron and Superintendent Nate Greenberg. Also attached is the latest of many press releases sent from the Cable Studio on Mondays meeting.
Click HERE for a PDF file of the Intermunicipal Agreement
Last Press Release issued From Londonderry Access Center Jan 29th 2009
LAC Volunteers and all PEG access supporters
Hello LAC Volunteers and all PEG access supporters,
This is a reminder that the future of the Londonderry Access Center will be on the Town Council agenda for next Monday, February 2, 2009 at 7PM in the Moose Hill meeting room at the Town Offices.
I am sure you have seen some articles in the newspapers over the last couple of weeks but I would suggest you review the Superintendent’s proposal for yourselves so I have included it in this letter.
If the proposal is approved by the Town Council, the School District will have exclusive use of the facility until noon every day and those of you who come here in the mornings to edit and/or get trained or to pickup or drop off equipment will not be allowed in the building until then.
There is also a layer of bureaucracy with the addition of an oversight board. The availability of staff and their responsibilities will also change.
I urge you to come to the meeting. In the past I have always been in a position to fight your battles for you but this time you need to show up and do that yourself. This is not about saving my job (although that would be nice), it is about protecting your 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech!
Feel free to call if you have any questions (432-1147) and share this information with as many people as you can. Most importantly, be there yourself.
By the way, just a reminder, the LAC depends solely on fees paid by the cable company and does not impact the taxpayer in any way.
Thanks for all your support,