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February 7, 2013

Derry voters restore $800K to school budget

Voters restore $800K to Derry school budget

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Derry will send about 123 fewer students to Pinkerton next year.

But cuts from Concord hit the hardest.

Teacher Wendy Mahoney said the town should get more help at the state level.

“We need (someone) to fight for us in Concord,” she said, “to receive this funding back.”

Sen. Jim Rausch, R-Derry, said school districts will see less state funding due to lower enrollment numbers. He said Derry’s representatives are working hard.

“Derry has had a 20 percent increase in adequacy in the last 10 years, due to the work of your legislators,” Rausch said. “But you have less children, that equals less adequacy. That’s how it works. I wrote the formula. Don’t blame your legislators for the lack of adequacy.”

A warrant article on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement between the district and the AFSCME teacher assistants’ union will move to the ballot in March.

The new contract will give workers a 15-cent raise the first year, 15 cents the second year and 25 cents the third year.

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