Ted Siefer's City Hall: Open-and-shut (down) case for closing West High
Until, that is, Ward 9 school board member Art Beaudry cleared his throat late in the evening and began reading a prepared speech. "The budget presented here, while good, didn't go far enough," he said. "We still have crowded classes in the middle schools and core facilities at MST in need."
Beaudry, not surprisingly, insisted on continuing - "let me finish my spiel" - and we soon learned just where he was going: close down Manchester High School West (which a good number of Hooksett students attend).
Beaudry concluded his spiel by saying that it was "just for people to think about it."
The middle school crowding problem Beaudry alluded to was addressed earlier at Monday's meeting.
It was recently revealed, much to the consternation of some school board members, that about 80 middle school classes exceed the state standard of 30 students per teacher, even as the district has amassed close to a $1 million surplus in the current fiscal year.
Ward 7 board member Ross Terrio asked Ryan how many middle school classes would exceed the state standard under his plan.
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The main event this week comes on Monday, when Mayor Gatsas presents his budgets for both the city and the district. Unlike the superintendent's school budget presentation, the mayor's city budget probably won't be getting a warm and fuzzy reception from the aldermen.
City public works officials, along with representatives from WasteZero, the company that administers such programs across the country, are expected to be on hand.
Ted Siefer is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @tbsreporter.
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