DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

March 6, 2014

Londonderry voters to consider $4M bond

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — It’s one more try for a proposed $4 million warrant article to support Londonderry’s schools.

Voters here will consider that article, along with a list of others, at the polls March 11.

In addition, residents will also vote on next year’s proposed $66.2 million school operating budget.

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 earlier this year.

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

If the bond fails again, Curro said, there would be money 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.

Other articles moved to the March ballot include an article asking voters to spend $100,000 to put in a school district equipment capital reserve fund to help pay for essential classroom items like technology, furniture and other smaller items.

Two union contracts are also on this year’s warrant, asking voters to spend more to give minimal raises to support staff in the schools and district custodians.

Along with the school budget, voters will elect two School Board members for three-year terms. Incumbent Board Chairman Nancy Hendricks is running for another term, as are Dan Lekas and George Tsekrekas.