, Derry, New Hampshire


January 10, 2013

School officials face tough choices

Officials pore over every spending item


The budget includes $2.5 million for the self-funded food service program and other federal programs.

Derry School Board members, administrators and fiscal advisory committee members met for months to plan next year’s budget and find ways to cut costs. School superintendent Laura Nelson said the district looked at everything in an effort to save money.

“We are looking at all the places where we can scale down,” she said.

District business administrator Jane Simard said there would be teaching and other staff cuts as part of the paring down of the budget, but would not give specifics on what jobs might be affected.

Some jobs will be lost after people in those positions retire this year. Savings also will come through fewer requests for furniture and supplies.

Simard said budget season is never easy, but all departments and staff worked together to come up with ways to make the budget smart and economical.

“It’s always difficult especially when you have to eliminate positions,” she said.

Simard said it’s always a priority to save as much money as possible for taxpayers.

“It’s part of our job to be fiscally responsible,” she said. “We do that each year.”

The public hearing on Derry’s budget proposal was scheduled for Tuesday and Londonderry’s is Thursday at 7 p.m.

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