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Derry pushes forward a reduced school budget
Residents filled the gymnasium of West Running Brook Middle School, and moved forward a proposed budget of $80,539,895.90 for 2014-15, which is approximately $1.4 million less than this year's budget of $81,903,690.
Those who supported the amendment said it would provide long overdue tax relief.
They were outnumbered by other residents, however, who opposed the amendment, saying it would cut vital services to students and decimate the budget.
At the start of the session, school officials said they had taken the unusual step of reducing the proposed budget by about $277,000 because they had recently learned 106 Hooksett students would be attending Pinkerton Academy next year.
Tuition is projected to drop by $140.68 per student from the rate the school announced in December, according to Pinkerton administrators.
That amendment was overwhelmingly approved by voters.
- Hunter McGeeSunday News Correspondent
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