, Derry, New Hampshire

February 6, 2014

Derry residents to hear school spending plan

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Voters here will get more details on the school district’s proposed spending plan at the deliberative session Feb. 8 at West Running Brook Middle School’s gymnasium.

Next year’s proposed budget is $81.9 million. That number includes the $2.5 million self-funded food service program and other federal programs.

The board presented the budget at a public hearing last month. Residents will have the opportunity to speak on the budget, or amend the numbers or warrant articles during the upcoming session.

The proposed budget is $1 million less than the current year’s budget and, if approved, would mean a $0.46 reduction on the town’s tax rate and a 1.37 percent cut in spending.

Business administrator Jane Simard said the district worked hard to keep the budget streamlined as much as possible to help save taxpayers money.

Some budget points include spending $26.8 million on high school tuition costs to send students to Pinkerton Academy, the NEXT charter school, or out-of-district for special education.

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

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

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

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

The deliberative session begins at 10 a.m. at West Running Brook Middle School.