BOSC Committee tables media policy amendment

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Kathryn Cox Pelletier on Feb. 16, 2022. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. – On Wednesday, the Manchester Board of School Committee (BOSC) Policy Committee tabled a proposal to amend the Manchester School District’s media policy.

Manchester School District Attorney Kathryn Cox Pelletier told the committee the amendment would have allowed school district employees to talk to the media, but would have required them to direct any media requests to a designee of the superintendent before talking to the media in their official capacity as school district employees.

Currently that designee is Manchester School District Director of Communications and Community Relations Andrew Tolland, but the term “designee” was used in case of future changes to the district’s organizational structure.

The policy prohibits school district employees from revealing any private information about students.

BOSC Student Representative Kellan Barbee liked the proposed amendment and felt that it should be recommended on Wednesday night, although he felt that an additional amendment to the policy specifying social media should be added in the future.

Ward 11 BOSC Member Dr. Nicole Leapley felt that the proposal unduly impeded the rights of staff members and was concerned that the need to reach out to administrators.

She also questioned the feasibility of the policy, asking if coaches would need to wait for approval to talk to reporters after sporting events.

Pelletier said that the proposal served as a foundation and thanked the committee for their oversight role in vetting the idea, adding that a modified proposal would be presented to the committee next month.

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Andrew Sylvia

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.