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Goffstown will vote on $37.7 million school budget
About 80 people attended the school district deliberative session on Saturday, and despite a failed motion to reinstate a late school bus for Goffstown High School, voters did not voice any objections to the proposed budget.
Resident Kristie Curtis, executive director of Crispin's House, made a motion to re-allocate $13,068 for a late bus to Goffstown High School, an item that was removed during the budgeting process.
Highlighted items in the budget include a secretary position, increasing the library media specialist from part-time to full-time, one special education teacher and increasing summer hours for the custodian at Bartlett Elementary School; hiring an eighth-grade teacher, adding two part-time library assistants and providing a late school bus at Mountain View Middle School; and increasing summer hours for an educational assistant and installing new exterior locks at Maple Avenue School. McCarthy also said the cost per student in Goffstown is $11,476, in contrast to Bedford's cost at $11,539 and Bow's costs at $15,973; and the average annual teacher salary of $52,406 is below the state average of $54,314.
Voters will be asked to approve all the warrants and to elect candidates to open seats on Tuesday, March 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Goffstown High School.
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