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Hudson school ballot moves forward without changes

Union Leader Correspondent

February 02. 2014 9:02PM

HUDSON — More than 300 residents attended Saturday morning’s Hudson school deliberative session, but no changes were made to the March ballot.

Among the articles moving forward is the district’s $48,044,494 operating budget, which would have a tax impact of $13.59.

Five proposed collective bargaining agreements, including new contracts for teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers and support staff, will also appear on the ballot.

Next year’s proposed budget comes in at $777,714 higher than the current year’s budget, a bone of contention with several voters attending Saturday’s meeting.

A motion by resident Peggy Dunn Huard to cut $980,360 from the budget failed to move forward, with only a handful of fellow voters in support of that motion.

Superintendent Bryan Lane attributed the budget increase to a district-wide increase in staff health insurance costs, as well increases to special education costs.

“The bottom line is there are federal and state mandates regarding special education, but most are not financed so the burden lies within the school district,” added Stacy Milbouer, who is running, along with candidate Meagan Pollack, for one of two vacant School Board seats.

Milbouer, who runs the SOS-Save Our Hudson Schools Facebook page, spoke against Dunn Huard’s proposed budget cuts during the Saturday meeting and in the days leading up to it.

“Some of these very large expenses which popped up this year weren’t budgeted, but again were mandated and had to be paid for,” she said, noting she was pleased with the outcome of this year’s deliberative session. “It’s really a matter of math. If there are more parents like us, who do not want the proposed budget gutted, it won’t happen.”

Hudson’s town deliberative session will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 9 a.m. in the Hudson Community Center. Voting on March 11 will also take place at the community center.

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