Newport School Board

Board member Virginia Irwin and chair Linda Wadensten at the Nov. 19 meeting, where they explained how they planned to pay 60 percent of this year's special education costs this year and 40 percent of it next year.

NEWPORT — The Newport School Board used its April 24 meeting to receive guidance from the New Hampshire School Board Association about how to handle public comments at the meetings, then moved to change its public comment policy. The board completed a draft of the new policy, which will be finalized after further review. 

Newport school board meetings, which have been fractious, reached a tipping point on April 4, when critical comments by one member of the public dominated more than an hour of the meeting. The board voted April 11 to disallow public comment and reached out to NHSBA for help. 

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