Voters heading to the polls in Derry, ChesterBy HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent
March 09. 2014 6:43PM
DERRY — Voters will choose between two candidates Tuesday in the race to fill the District 3 Town Council seat.
David Fischer and Marc Flattes are vying for the seat that became open when Councilor Neil Wetherbee said he would not be seeking re-election.
Fischer has 36 years of experience in education, spending most of his career in New York. During his extensive career, he has worked in such positions as: high school teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. In addition to serving as a superintendent in New York, he also worked in the position in Massachusetts.
Fischer said he is running for the seat because he feels he can utilize his management and leadership skills as a retired administrator to make a significant contribution to the town.
“I have a good idea of how an organization works and how you work together as a group and how you move forward with goals,” Fischer said.
He said would like to be part of the hiring of the new town administrator and is interested in fiscal responsibility and “running an effective and efficient organization.”
Flattes serves as vice chairman of the town’s Energy and Environmental committee.
He currently works for Pepsi in Manchester as a bulk customer representative. He also has extensive management experience, having worked for 10 years as a member of the Walmart management team and as a construction supervisor in building demolition.
He is working toward his master’s degree.
“I have had a very interesting life,” he said.
He said he is running for the seat to address the town’s high taxes and to help make the town more affordable for local residents.
“We have a high tax cap here in Derry, which is causing a retention problem. And we need to lower our taxes to get people to stay and expand and grow our families,” he said.
Polls are open on Tuesday for District 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pinkerton Academy gymnasium.
Race packed for library trustee
DERRY -- Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide a variety of races, including a crowded field for library trustees.
Councilor-at-large candidate Joshua Bourdon is running unopposed for the seat that is currently held by Brad Benson. The at-large seat opened up when incumbent Benson recently said he would not seek another term.
While Bourdon is unopposed, two candidates will be competing for the District 3 Council seat. That seat opened up when incumbent Councilor Neil Wetherbee said he would not seek re-election. Candidates David Fischer and Marc Flattes will face each other in the election. Both council seats carry three-year terms.
In other contests, Margaret Ives is running unopposed as town moderator.
Running for Derry Public Library trustee are: Phyllis D. Howard, M. “Jackie” Dempsey, Lynne S. Mann, James J. Thomas, Christina D. Mentus and Dorothy Wiley.
Kelly Mahony and Joel Olbricht are running for trustee of the trust funds.
Candidates for a six-year term for supervisor of the checklist are Renee Routhier and Janet Bhagat. Vying for a four-year term for supervisor of the checklist are Lorraine Routhier and Peg Mullins.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at: District 1 and 3, Pinkerton Academy gym; District 2, Calvary Baptist Church; and District 4, Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.
Voters to decide on $80.5m school budget
DERRY -- School district voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide on 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.
At the start of the deliberative session last month, school officials said they took 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.
Hooksett has signed a 1-year agreement with Pinkerton to send its students to the high school. Tuition is projected to drop by $140.68 per student from the rate the school announced in December, according to Pinkerton administrators
School officials just learned of this development and the reduction in tuition. The news came after the School Board had already voted on the proposed budget.
Part of the decrease in this year’s budget can be attributed to the reduction of positions due to declining enrollment, according to school officials.
Two positions will be reduced at Derry Village Elementary School; two at East Derry Memorial Elementary School; one at South Range Elementary School; and one at West Running Brook Middle School, said Jane Simard, business manager for the school district.
The jobs should be reduced through attrition and the school district doesn’t anticipate that any jobs will be eliminated, Simard said.
School district meeting tonight
CHESTER -- Voters will consider a proposed budget of $11,907,747 among several other articles on the warrant at this year’s School District Meeting on Monday.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Chester Academy Cafetorium.
During the meeting, voters can ask questions and propose changes to the articles.
The proposed budget represents an increase of approximately $273,000 over the current year’s budget.
In other articles, voters will consider a collective bargaining agreement between the Chester School Board and the Chester Budget Committee. According to the warrant, the first year estimated increase in salaries and benefits for the agreement in the 2014-15 school year will be $13,766; the second year for the 2015-16 school year will be an estimated $11,988; and the third year for the 2017-18 school year will be an estimated $12,137.
And voters will also consider an article to raise up to $25,000 that would be placed in an expendable trust fund known as the Buildings Maintenance Fund. The funds could be used for future building projects.