3 teaching, 2 guidance positions cut in Nashua
Board members have been working with a proposal that calls for a 3.7 percent increase over last year’s $97 million budget. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau asked the board to limit this year’s spending increase to 2.1 percent, or roughly $2 million.
The board also approved cutting two guidance counselors, which will bring the district down to minimum state requirements for the guidance staff.
Next year’s budget includes money to hire two elementary school teachers to ease classroom crowding. Board member Robert Hallowell proposed scrapping those two new hires since the district has added nine elementary school teachers over the past couple of years.
And Conrad said he expected to see elementary school enrollment drop by about 75 students.
Still, early education has been the focus of much of the discussion on how to improve education in Nashua, and the majority of board members see small classes as a key element of that effort.
Board members also rejected motions to cut the district’s grant writer and director of public relations, to reduce the budget for classrooms supplies by $50,000 and a proposal to save $35,000 by keeping a data analyst as a part time staff member rather than expanding the job to full time.
The board also rejected a proposal to reduce the athletic budget by roughly $43,000 with staff deciding how best to make the cuts. Board members have also rejected the idea of raising athletic fees for students.