Elayne and Arnold Clift

Rockingham Free Public Library trustees’ amnesia is alarming

Merits apology to librarian

Some members of the Rockingham Free Public Library's Board of Trustees alleged at the June 25 board meeting that Library Director Célina Houlné had, last year, improperly and without board approval made changes to the library's personnel policy by granting pro-rated benefits to part-time staff.

In fact, in January 2012, the director proposed to the Library's Personnel Policy Committee a new leave policy granting two days of pro-rated personal leave per year to all staff. This proposal was made to reflect usual library practices and to keep RFPL competitive with other libraries.

Four current members of the Library's Board of Trustees were present at that meeting, where the proposal passed unanimously.

At a subsequent trustees' meeting on June 14, 2012, the board approved sick leave for all staff (not just full-timers, who already had it). Five current trustees were present at that meeting.

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Turn of events at RFL is appalling

Members of the public are aware of the recent decision of the Rockingham Free Public Library Board of Trustees to close the Library building until current renovations are complete. There are no valid reasons why the building should not have remained opened. The decision by the trustees was made...

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Leadership of RFPL trustees acted inappropriately, must resign

On Saturday, May 19, five members of the Board of Trustees of the Rockingham Free Public Library (RFPL) voted to close the library building immediately and to keep it closed until mid-July at the earliest. Three of the nine trustees were not present for the vote because it was...

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Yes to Brooks House as academic center

We heartily endorse the suggestion that the Brooks House be put to good use as an academic center in downtown Brattleboro [Editorial, Feb. 1]. As your editorial points out, the idea has merit for improving educational opportunities here in southern Vermont as well as for enhancing commerce. But perhaps even more than that, such a center would demonstrate that we are a vibrant, friendly community promoting a solid future for those who choose to live here. We are indeed “a...

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