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March 6, 2014

Derry voters to consider $80.5M school plan

Derry to lose $476K in state aid due to drop in enrollment

DERRY — Voters will consider a proposed $80.5 million budget for next year when they cast ballots March 11.

That number was lower than an original budget number first released to the public after Pinkerton Academy made a tuition rate adjustment prior to the annual school deliberative session.

The budget is now $277,000 lower than a previous budget number, thanks to Pinkerton’s tuition rate changes.

Pinkerton lowered its tuition rate to sending schools because an additional 106 Hooksett students are expected to attend the Derry high school next year.

High school tuition makes up 34 percent of the Derry district’s school budget.

School Board officials said they made many tough decisions when planning next year’s budget, including making sure all board goals remained at the forefront when it came to spending Derry taxpayer money.

There will be an estimated drop in enrollment numbers that will result in a drop in state adequacy aid, based on student numbers.

Derry stands to lose about $476,600 in state aid due to enrollment.

Based on that enrollment, the district will eliminate some positions, most of which will be lost through attrition.

Derry will save $495,000 when the West Running Brook Middle School bond is paid off this year.

In addition, voters will choose two School Board members. Both incumbents, Wendy Smith and Dan McKenna, are running uncontested for those positions for three-year terms.

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