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January 31, 2013

Londondery residents to hear budget details

LONDONDERRY — Residents hear will have a chance to hear more details about the school district’s proposed $66 million budget for next year at the annual deliberative session Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

Next year’s budget includes staff cuts and other reductions, due to less money coming to Londonderry in state adequacy funding.

Less money is also coming to town as a result of the state pushing higher retirement and health-care costs on to municipalities and school districts.

School officials did restore some funding to the original budget proposed by Superintendent Nate Greenberg, restoring 14 teaching jobs.

“If the state had not downshifted funds (to us), we would be returning money to the taxpayers,” School Board member Steve Young said. “That’s no fault of our own. The revenue from the state is just not there.”

Voters will consider a warrant article for a $4.5 million bond for the renovation and construction of district buildings “as deemed appropriate.”

At a recent bond hearing, school district business administrator Peter Curro presented the board with a list of more than 25 projects he said were needed at various district schools.

Some work projected under an approved bond includes paving, roofing work, asbestos removal and other repairs that school officials say are necessary. A 60 percent vote to approve is needed for this article.

Londonderry’s revised budget is now $66 million, well under the $67.1 million default budget, Young said.

Residents will vote on the budget and warrant articles at the polls on March 12.

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