LONDONDERRY — Residents will get more details on the school's budget numbers at a public hearing this week.
A public hearing is set for Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. in Moose Hill Council Chambers at the town offices.
Superintendent Scott Laliberte presented his proposed fiscal year 2021 budget to the school board at a meeting last month, saying there was a lot of work ahead to go over the numbers and present a final proposed plan to residents.
After workshops and other discussion and changes, on Jan. 9 board members presented a proposed number of $78,675,263 to come before residents at the public hearing.
Laliberte stressed the primary focus of this budget cycle is to continue to provide appropriate levels of social, emotional and behavioral support to all students, adding the world as it is now is becoming more complex with students and families facing greater and more serious challenges.
The proposed budget did not include any additional full-time positions, Laliberte said, but there are proposals included to redeploy current staff members to other areas, if needed, to accommodate those needs.
"We want to be more creative," Laliberte said at an earlier meeting, "and are looking at re-certifications and use of staff."
Laliberte said to offset the continued drop in state support, the Londonderry district will continue to find ways to generate revenue, with $1.5 million expected to be generated for fiscal year 2021 through the Memorandum of Understanding with Hooksett, bringing students from that community to Londonderry for high school.
The district will also continue to see savings through energy-saving management efforts and by enrolling special education students with intensive needs within district programs.
The school district hosts its annual deliberative session on the school budget and any warrant articles on Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.