Nashua mayor asking for compromise on school budget
The school district's budget proposal includes more than $3.3 million for pay raises and new personnel, including four new elementary school teachers to ease classroom crowding, a middle school teacher for the deaf, a sign language interpreter, four more staff members for intensive special-needs students, a career counselor and a high school social worker.
Although the district is proposing an increase of about $175,000 for additional special education teachers and staff, Martin said the average cost of the alternative, sending a student to a school in another community, is $65,000.
"I don't think it's easy," she said, adding that residents are paying for many other critical services. "I don't value education any less than you, it's just that I have a greater responsibility to look at all those things."
"We've never had to cut services. You're not reading headlines of big teacher layoffs like in other places," she said.
"I'm hopeful, as always, we'll find a solution," she said. "My point is, to get there, we have to understand each other's pain."
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