Derry school officials say they're trying to cut costs
The budget declined $1,086,544.36 from last year’s approved budget of $81,903,690. It also decreased $333,645.99 from the default budget of $81,150,792, said Jane Simard, business manager for the school district.
During Tuesday’s hearing at West Running Brook Middle School, some residents cited figures from the state that show a trend of declining enrollment at Derry schools.
Simard said in November that a reduction in state aid of over $1.5 million was responsible for 0.65 percent of the increase in the school rate.
“It’s not that I want to see anybody get fired — I don’t want to see anybody in harm’s way,” Perkins said. “But I know that taxpayers have been sucker punched for a number of years.”
“I don’t want you to think that all of this has fallen on deaf ears this past year because it really hasn’t,” Nelson said.
They have also looked at possibly closing a school or redistricting.
The school district is studying demographic trends in town as it plans for the future, she said. This is an ongoing process and it will take time, Nelson added.
The school district deliberative session is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at West Running Brook.
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