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    Question How much should one say when concerned about legal consequences?

    Another website in town has posted the following on its home page:



    In case the image doesn't show up for you, it reads:
    The official School Committee update on the missing METCO statements:
    "The School Committee has taken appropriate action relative to the Metco Program Discretionary Account matter but, upon advice of Town Counsel, is not at liberty to say anything further."

    Is this a satisfactory explanation?
    So I thought I would put this question to readers here: if Town Counsel has advised the School Committee not to speak about this matter, are they communicating appropriately by not providing further information?

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    Of course, a board isn't obligated to take the advice that it gets from its attorney, but if it doesn't, it should have a pretty good reason why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Reichelt View Post
    Another website in town has posted the following on its home page:



    In case the image doesn't show up for you, it reads:


    So I thought I would put this question to readers here: if Town Counsel has advised the School Committee not to speak about this matter, are they communicating appropriately by not providing further information?
    The site to which this post refers is WaylandTransparency.com

    You can learn more about the issue that they're not going to speak about HERE.
    John Flaherty

    Any views expressed are NOT mine alone.
    Wayland Transparency - Facts Without Spin
    http://www.waylandtransparency.com/

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    John, your archive site is all well and good (actually, that's debatable, of course, but that would be off the point of this thread), but it's no place to hold a civil discussion. Actually, it's no place to hold a discussion at all.

    In the case of the School Committee and the METCO discretionary account, do you have any reason to think that the Committee should be ignoring the advice of Town Counsel?
    Last edited by Jeff Dieffenbach; 04-07-2014 at 04:59 PM. Reason: Fixed typo

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    John, your web site still has the School Committee's "upon advice of Town Counsel, is not at liberty to say anything further" quote front and center and with a big red exclamation point.

    Please enlighten us: do you have reason to believe that they should ignore Town Counsel? If so, what is that reason? Or are you merely continuing your long-running attempts to inflame where there isn't even any smoke?

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    John - Your silence is so telling! Plenty of time to stir other pots but no response to direct questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Flaherty View Post
    Because there's more to this story than the 3 Selectmen are allowed to say.
    - This is a direct quote (6th one from the top) from John Flaherty's post under his topic "Understanding what REALLY happened & why re: termination of the Town Administrator"

    How ironic that you understand the BO3 had violated the OML and could not discuss it at the advice of their counsel but you attack the School Committee for following the advice of counsel on a sensitive personnel issue. Lots of spin and no transparency!
    Last edited by BTDowns; 04-11-2014 at 04:16 PM. Reason: clarify where the quote came from

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