Last Friday, embattled Board of Education member Merrill Kidd sent an email to the chairman of the Manchester Republican Town Committee stating that she due to a disagreement with party leaders. As of this Friday, Kidd has yet to file the forms needed with the town's Registrar to switch her party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated, and she told Patch recently that she is reconsidering her plans.
"I'm keeping my options open," Kidd told Patch.
Kidd classified herself as a "middle of the road Republican" whose political leanings were neither extremely conservative or liberal, but she said that she did not want to necessarily shift her party affiliation because of a disagreement and planned to wait until at least the Republican Presidential Primary on April 24 so she could vote in it. She said that since joining the Board of Education last November there have been times where she has agreed with Republican stances, and times where she has agreed with stances taken by Democratic members of the school board.
Kidd, who serves as the secretary of the Republican Town Committee, sent an email to Chairman Matt Galligan last Friday after Galligan asked Kidd to resign from the Board of Education for she made to another member of the school board. Democratic Board of Education member Kelly Luxenberg said that she received a series of harassing and threatening late-night Facebook messages from Kidd after a recent meeting, and since those allegations against Kidd have come to light other members of the community have come forward stating they have also been the recipient of similar messages from Kidd in the past.
Galligan told Kidd last Friday that he felt her position on the Board of Education was untenable and that she should resign. Kidd has refused numerous entreaties for her resignation since the allegations against her have surfaced. The Manchester Town Charter contains no provisions for the removal of elected members of the Board of Education and Board of Directors for improper or illegal conduct. Short of Kidd electing to step down on her own, there is nothing anybody can do to force her resignation.
"As far as the situation with Merrill Kidd, I have no further comment," Galligan said by email when asked for his thoughts on Kidd not resigning from the party. "The Manchester Republicans are eager to see the real issues of the Manchester Board of Education addressed in a timely manner. I'm very pleased and quite confident that Mark Tweedie, Cheri Pelletier, Mike Crockett, and Debbie Hagenow will represent the GOP well on the combined committee with the Board of Directors and public to address the . I'm also looking forward to the continued efforts to find a new Superintendent of Manchester Public Schools in the very near future."
Kidd, who did not attend the last Board of Education meeting, said she plans to attend Monday's school board meeting.
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