DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 6, 2014

Londonderry voters consider $4 million bond

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — Residents will hear details on next year’s proposed $66.2 million school budget at the annual deliberative session Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

In addition to the operating budget, a proposed $4 million warrant article will be presented that would, if approved at the polls in March, be used to renovate and repair school district buildings that are high on a priority list of work needing to be done.

Voters reject a similar bond in March 2013, but the measure failed to pass by only 11 votes.

It’s time to try again, officials say.

“We’ve seen many projects put on hold due to fiscal constraints,” district business administrator Peter Curro said.

Curro said some projects could wait another year, but some are too serious and need to be addressed now.

If the bond failes again in March, Curro said there would be money also proposed in a district maintenance trust fund to help pay for projects.

If approved, money would be allocated for various projects around the district, including roofing, paving and upgrades in security for school buildings.

Residents will also hear more details on the proposed $66.2 million operating budget for next year along with other warrant articles.

Superintendent Nate Greenberg said the proposed budget is fiscally responsible and helps keep education top notch in the district.

Babysitting will be available for families at the meeting.