Nashua School Board spars over spending on counselor positions for high schools
“That’s more than a 50 percent raise at a time when we cannot afford to pay a paraeducator $13,000,” said Ziehm who reminded board members that they have been under fire for school spending in light of declining assessment test scores.
Fellow board member Dotty Oden said she understood those concerns, but added the board did not have many choices.
Oden added that it was best, at this point, to have two directors who know the students and are aware of the many changes in scheduling and grading taking place at both high schools.
This year, the budget for Nashua North’s guidance department was $600,227, which included salaries for eight counselors and three administrative assistants. In comparison, the school spent $885, 136 on salaries for math teachers.
During the budget review, the board agreed to cut one secretary from each of guidance departments.
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