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Turmoil at the RFPL Accusations of open meeting law violations, improper actions by trustees chair, and slander bog down library

BELLOWS FALLS—With renovations to the Rockingham Free Public Library in a state of uncertainty following the bankruptcy of its contractor, its board of trustees has been at the center of some ongoing turmoil behind the scenes.

Amid the practicalities of how to accommodate the public during a construction process that has been disrupted, library trustees are engaging in an overall review and revision of library policies, said Deborah Wright, vice-chair of the trustees.

In the process, the board has been redefining “roles and responsibilities” and trying to create clear lines of authority and responsibility — a process that has at times created scenarios where staff don’t feel heard.

 

With additional reporting by Jeff Potter.

Originally published in The Commons issue #200 (Wednesday, April 24, 2013).

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